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  • Vietnam: HCMUTE Workshop on the Advanced Techniques of Direct-to-Garment Printing
    14.12.2017
    The workshop named “Advanced Techniques of Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Printing” took place on November 4th, 2017 at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education. More than 200 students from Printing Technology, Garment Technology, and Fashion Design departments participated in the event. The workshop covered various aspects of Direct-To-Garment Printing, including the technology process setup, selecting the proper equipment and proper garments, working with different types of fabrics, preparing the artwork for custom printing and choosing the right RIP software. In addition, students had the opportunity to know how to start T-shirt business, how to price the garments properly and be successful in DTG industry. “We set the goal of raising general awareness for the present-day methods of garment printing among Vietnamese students”, said Dmitry Sarbaev, Managing Director of Fluxmall DTG Printing Vietnam. “In the emerging industry of garment decoration it is crucial to follow the market: understand the differences of printing methods clearly, maximize capabilities by using full-color printing, be creative in artwork preparation, and constantly keep improving the technology. We were able to discuss all these topics with the students, and a great variety of questions which arose, proved the fact of high interest for the technology and related DTG industry”. Students had a chance not only to ask questions, but also take parts in various contests, prepared by Fluxmall DTG team. Those of them who earned maximum points, received gifts of T-shirts with full-color printing. “Fluxmall DTG team did a good job!”, noted Ms. Ho Thi Thuc Khanh, Head of Fashion Design Department, Faculty of Garment Technology and Fashion Design. “Students said that the presentation was really meaningful to them, and they enjoyed the game activity a lot. Thanks for sharing, not only the knowledge but also the company’s experience in printing industry”. The garment industry of Vietnam is widely known all over the world, which is why integration of modern digital printing methods on textile is a strategic task to raise the overall production quality not only for local, but international companies as well. ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam: The Honor ceremony TOP50 Power of Women
    13.12.2017
    The honor ceremony of Top 50 The power of women 2017 was celebrated successfully on December 10th, 2017 at Ben Thanh theatre, Ho Chi Minh city. The power of women 2017 made a strong impression on everybody because of talent, beauty, and humanity of women leaders belonging to international network (WLIN) in Vietnam. It is an annual activity which is implemented by Women Leaders International Network (WLIN) in Vietnam in cooperation with Pro Image Academy and Nam Huong Media & Events under the coordination of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry – VCCI. The third times the program was celebrated and received many supports from domestic and foreign women leaders community. Through this program, women power is enhanced more and more and respected in the proper way. In the process of today’s economic integration, “The Power of Women” once again recognized women leaders’talent when taking responsibility for equal work in the society like men but they still take care of family in the good way, stimultaneously, they also know how to build personal image and positively attend community activities to bring good values to themselves, family and the society. Women Leaders from “The power of women” always spread positive images to pass inspiration to everbody to be more beautiful – more successful – happier. In addition, the program contributes to introduce Vietnam women which are beautiful, talented, intelligent to the world. “The power of women brought opportunies to meet domestic and foreign leaders in order to help us have more new relations and learn about much more knowledge to develop business. After honoring in The Power of Women, I not only felt proud onstage, but also I considered that the important thing was the confidence on skills, knowledge with deep connections. This is the most valuable thing that each woman can develop itself, work, especially spread its influence to contribute more to the society and community” – shared by Ms Phan Thi Ngoc Nga who is General Director of Ngoc Nga contruction, decoration and materials company limited, was honored “The Power of Women 2015”. With the target to create more interesting and useful activities for women leaders, WLIN Vietnam celebrated more events to connect business such as: Women Leaders Forum Hanoi, “The power of women, who are they?” in HCM city,... Each event gathered over 300 Vietnamese and international women leaders. The honor ceremony of “Top 50 The power of women 2017” is an event giving a sincere thank to contribution of women leaders belonging to WLIN during the year. Individuals who have positive activities in business and contribute to the development of the network with doing enthusiastically community activities will be honored on December 10th. They are people who pass inspiration, strength to the other members. This is also the especial gift that WLIN Vietnam want to send to women leaders who dare do business, change and dare accept failures. About WLIN Vietnam It was established 5 years ago by 1st runner up Mrs World Nguyen Thu Huong, with the target is to connect women together to learn about each other, develop themselves and cooperate to grow business, encourage and support each other to overcome difficult stages in life. Helping women is to be more beautiful, more successful and happier. After 5 years of devemopment, WLIN Vietnam has had 10 clubs with over 600 members living across the country. Each WLIN member is an ambassador spreading messages to be more beautiful – more successful and happier. The power of women – for future generations.The Power of Women not only honors the beauty of women, but also it aims to the young generations who are future leaders because those will inherit good values of women leaders. In the honor ceremony, two children belonging to Prince & Princess Academy were honored “Prince & Princess of the Night”. This is an encouragement for the future generations to make those children try their best, stimultaneously, this is recognition to women leaders who are mothers and can complete all the things including work and family. The honor ceremony of Top 50 The power of women 2017 was celebrated successfully and made a strong impression to the public in general and women leaders community in particular. This is an important stage in the operation process of women leaders as well as a motivation is to make women more beautiful, more successful, and happier in their career and in life. Beauty consultant: Yakson Beauty Gold sponsors: Luxury Land JSC, Prince & Princess Academy Silver sponsors: Tuyet Quynh Cosmetics JSC, Moolez fashion JSC, Star Beach Real Estate– Thai Duong Real, Sao Thái Dương JSC, Sài Gòn Commercial Bank SCB, Kungfu Kids, GEBEE, Fountain of Youth Bronze sponsors: Getfit JSC, Bich Ha fashionCollection, Travelshop Vietnam Co.,ltdAccompanying units: Bê Vàng Restaurant, Ao Dai Minh Châu, Makeup Dang Minh Academy, DL Duy Studio, Gbrown Flower, Hoa Tâm Việt, Joli Poli, Makeup TaiLee, Ao Dai Minh Chau store, Make-Up Artist Ghy, Cocasuki & Ozzy Fresh, SHP company, Royal Karaoke, Lamaqua Ion Co.,ltd, Con ga Trong Restaurant. Media sponsors: Shopping magazine, Golf Today magazine, Young fashion magazine, Doanh Nhan Viet magazine, Young Media Co.,ltd, Truong Son Media JSC, Sao The Gioi JSC – Worldstar, Ket Noi Sang Tao Media JSC, Hitv channel, TV world, Business & Leisure, Vietstar production, Business and brand magazine, Phu Nu Today, Business & Leisure, Vitv channel, Travel and Life newspaper, Tv World channel, Bao ve phap luat newspaper. Text & photo: WLIN ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference - November 2017 Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand: The Glorious of Ayutthaya Fair 2017
    07.12.2017
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the Glorious of Ayutthaya Fair 2017 from 15 to 24 December to celebrate the historical significance of the ancient Thai capital since the Ayutthaya Historical Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. This year, local and international tourists are encouraged to help preserve the Thai culture by wearing traditional Thai outfit to join the event, which begins with a grand opening procession on 15 December, from 15.00 Hrs. Highlights of the 10-day event include the light-and-sound presentation at Wat Maha That that tells the story of the great kings and queens as well as the heroes and heroines of the former Siam. Scheduled every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there is one show on 15 December at 18.00 Hrs. and two shows every evening on 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 December at 18.00 and 20.00 Hrs. Ticket price is 500 Baht with audio translation and 200 Baht for regular seat. To add to the memorable experience, there is a True cinematic movie series Si Suriyothai and stage performances. On the fun side, the event will also feature a ‘retro’ Ayutthaya-era market fair, a ‘noodle and prawn street’ selling all dishes that contain noodles and prawns, a pedestrian shopping street, a cultural plaza displaying folk performances found in Ayutthaya, a motor show fair, and a Thai Red Cross fair. The event is even more colourful with several beauty pageants, talent competitions, singing contests and other challenges. For more information, contact: TAT Ayutthaya office Tel: +66 (0) 3524 6076-7 TAT contact center 1672 Date: December 7, 2017 Source: website Tourism Authority of Thailand ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: Tonkin coal-fields
    01.12.2017
    It is impossible to estimate the importance of the Tonkin coal-fields, as it is not known where they begin, and where they end. The strata no doubt traverse the whole country; for, having been discovered in the island of Hainam, and worked at K^bao and Hong-Hay, as well as at several places in the Dong-Trieu, they appear again at the upper part of the Red River, where Beams were discovered between Yen-Bai and Lao-Kai. Several pits were opened there, and the coal taken from them and used in war-ships gave great satisfaction, for, though only surface coal, it is lighted easily and burns well. These seams running parallel with the upper reaches of the river may have a great future before them, as they secure a freight for the junks going up with goods, while they will facilitate steam navigation by obviating the necessity for artificial coal depots. The cotton trade may also be benefited by it, as spinning factories would have abundance of combustible ready to hand. It is difficult to speak with much assurance, but I thought it well to mention the recent discovery and point out some of the advantages which might be derived from it, because, let me repeat, coal is one of the essential conditions of the industrial development of Tonkin. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Vietnam 100 years ago: Annamite ladies pantaloons and black teeth Text: Prince Henri d'Orléans (1867-1901) Around Tonkin and Siam Publication date: 1894 Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall Photo: old photo from internet ××××× VIETNAM 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex A) APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex B) ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: passion for gambling
    01.12.2017
    Gambling is the greatest defect of the Annamese character; they seldom drink, nor are they quarrelsome or violent, but their love of this vice is inherent in their natures. It is this which prevents thrift and results in a hand-to-mouth existence, even among the regular and skilled workers. The Tet festivities tempt those who do not habitually gamble to give themselves up to it. And the unfortunate part about it is that the Chinese outsiders reap the benefit of this deplorable habit; they are cool-headed and always manage to empty the pockets of the more excitable Annamese. In these few days the Chinese often make a greater profit than during all the rest of the year. They always trade on the native weakness, for though public and private gambling is prohibited by the French except during the Tet, the Chinese by setting up gambling booths encourage the Annamese to evade the law. In other dealings also they show the same money-making propensities. It is the Chinese, and never the Annamese, who are the shopkeepers of Annam, and who make it their business to cater for the needs of Europeans. They lend money at usurious interest, and have a hundred little tricks for extorting any hard-earned cash that the happy-go-lucky Annamese may happen to have. Whenever a peasant has cut and brought in his paddy he is invariably visited by his Chinese neighbour, who sits and chats and accepts the drinks so hospitably offered him. He is careful, however, to keep his own thirst within bounds, and finally proposes a game. Towards dawn, when the visitor takes his departure, the poor peasant has probably lost every grain of his harvest. The most common form of gambling is baquan. This game is played on a camp bed, or even on the bare earth. A square divided into four compartments, marked one, two, three, and four, is drawn in the dust, and the players stake so many cents or sapeks on one of them. The banker takes a handful of sapeks from a bowl and throws them on the ground. He then withdraws them again four by four. The number left on the ground at the end naturally corresponds to one of the numbers in the square. The lucky individual who has staked his sapeks in that compartment sees them quadrupled; the other stakes are pocketed by the banker. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017: VIETNAM The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: 1,172,568 foreign visitors in November 2017
    01.12.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in November 2017 estimated 1,172,568 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In November 2017, number of international arrivals to Vietnam increase 14.4% over last month (see: September 2017, October 2017) and up 25.2% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in November 2017 looks as follows: 1/ China: 348,733 visitors 2/ Korea: 224,056 visitors 3/ Japan: 70,766 visitors 4/ Russia: 59,916 visitors 5/ USA: 53,990 visitors 6/ Taiwan: 49,469 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 43,526 visitors 8/ Thailand: 29,102 visitors 9/ Australia: 28,972 visitors 10/ England: 28,350 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 11 months 2017 reached 11,645,798 arrivals. Showing a significant result: increase 27.8% over the same period last year. The 25th APEC Summit was hosted by Vietnamese government in Danang city in the central part of Vietnam on 5-10 November 2017. More than 10.000 delegates visited Danang during 25th APEC Summit. ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: APEC 2017 APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council – 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex A) APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex B)
  • APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex B)
    01.12.2017
    APEC FRAMEWORK ON HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE I. Background The emerging digital age and fourth industrial revolution is having an unprecedented impact on the way people live and work. Recognizing that all economies face challenges in meeting human resources demands in this new era, in 2016 APEC committed to strengthening efforts to ensure decent work and work life quality for all, especially socially vulnerable groups, by providing access to quality inclusive education and vocational training; boosting entrepreneurship; improving social protection; and enhancing regional cooperation. The world of work is going through major structural changes, with technological advancement, increased fragmentation of production, growing demand for new skills and shifting employment relationships. Technology, digitalization and automation promise to improve productivity, increase economic output and create high-skilled jobs – bringing immense economic and social opportunities in all economies. Adopting digital technologies and automation techniques can not only increase labour productivity but also enable the development of new business models, new markets and job opportunities. However, at the same time, digital technology may be disruptive with far-reaching effects on productivity, employment and well-being. These changes will likely render some occupations obsolete and expose more workers to vulnerable employment (e.g. own-account and unpaid family workers, which already account for 50 per cent of jobs in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and 40 per cent in East Asia). Furthermore, industry sectors, such as manufacturing are at risk. Evidence shows that the risk of automation could deny poorer economies the opportunity for economic development resulting in new digital divides and greater inequality. This could result in “premature de-industrialization” in many developing economies before reaching the threshold of industrialization achieved by developed economies. (Rodrik, 2015). Advancement in technology has led to a pressing need for human resources development including research into the implications for the labour market, education, training and reskilling. This coupled with on-going labour market analyses will support targeted investment consistent with economic needs. Evidence-based policy is required to ensure that labour market participants are employable and prepared for the challenges and opportunities in the new digital age. II. Purpose The Framework puts forward an appropriate set of policy directions and measures to support economies to prepare labour market participants for the challenges and opportunities in the world of work today and beyond. In view of the challenges and opportunities associated with digitalization, it is important for APEC to be used as a regional platform for policy dialogue and cooperation on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age. The Framework complements existing initiatives, such as the APEC Education Strategy and contributes to global efforts including the ILO’s “future of work centenary initiative” and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as well as fostering shared prosperity for our region, particularly Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promote lifelong learning and Goal 8 to create new dynamism for growth, achieve sustainable, innovative, and inclusive growth, employment and decent work for all. III. Objectives: Objectives of the framework are to: i. provide high-level strategic direction on strengthening regional cooperation in human resources development in the digital age; ii. outline common policy challenges in building human capital in the face of rapid technological change; and iii. identify and take action in priority areas of collaboration where APEC can add value. IV. Priority Areas and Actions APEC members will boost regional cooperation in the following priority areas to address common policy challenges in building and adapting human capital in the digital age: 1. Future of work in the digital age and labour market policy implications i. Joint and Regional/ APEC research activities to: - examine the impacts of new technology and digitalization on the world of work; and to provide APEC member economies a good indication of where, when and how digitalization and new technology will change production processes. This will include examining the opportunities and challenges from “Industrialization 4.0”, “Digital trade” and “E-commerce”. - assess the impact of digitalization and automation on labour market outcomes, demand and supply, and policy intervention, including structural adjustment policies to increase workforce participation, support the reintegration of displaced workers and sectoral, occupational and geographical mobility; - examine labour market challenges for vulnerable groups and policy measures that support their adaptability to structural change; and - identify new growth sectors and business models for job creation and opportunities for labour market policy reforms to encourage workforce participation. i. Regional/ APEC policy discussions to: - generate policy-relevant discussion among APEC economies in order to identify clear recommendations for public interventions as appropriate; - identify approaches to government-wide policies that support labour market adaptability, employment, life-long learning and workforce participation; and - initiate policies to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital age. i. Development of joint programs, projects and initiatives to promote cooperation and exchanges of best practices to: - explore the role of labour market information system and data, and the role of public and private employment service in addressing the challenges and opportunities caused by globalization and digitalization as well as the way these institutions can be improved through Information and Communication Technology; - examine the impact of structural adjustment on human resources development and to take into consideration the recommendations of the forthcoming APEC Economic Policy Report on Structural Reform and Human Capital Development; - underscore the impact of the governance of work on APEC economies, considering gaps in decent work and increasingly fragmented production processes, as well as to examine new forms of employment relations and workers’ association in the context of polarization and personalization of work; - assess new forms of work arising from increased digitalization, including the growth of virtual work and the “gig economy”3under which the demand and supply of working activities is matched online or via mobile apps and its implications on the changing nature of employment relationships, social protection and labour mobility; and - exchange good practices and innovative approaches in improving public employment service which will better respond to the diversified needs of workers in the digital era. 2. Skills education and training i. Joint and regional research activities to: - anticipate and identify the future skills and competencies in the region that will be required to meet the need of emerging technologies and digitalization across the life- long learning continuum; and - investigate and share information on the best means and best practice in teaching, learning, and distance-learning of those skills in need in the digital age. i. Regional/ APEC policy discussions to: - share views on the need for and implications of the adaptation of education and training systems; - draw from the experiences of APEC member economies on how to improve implementation of TVET systems including quality assurance system that are better aligned to the needs of the labour market toward inclusive society; - consider models for public private partnerships that will enable relevant institutional and local/central coordination mechanisms and structures to support skills systems to meet labour market needs; - develop and implement industry-demand-driven 21st century competencies including technical and soft skills; and - enhance the use of technology in expanding collaboration between government, academia and industry to develop 21st century competencies and entrepreneurship. i. Development of joint programs and projects to promote cooperation and exchanges of best practices related to: - developing flexible and innovative training programs to fill any gap in the supply of new skills and higher-skills for the digital age, including implementing domestic/local/ sectoral qualification frameworks; - initiating formal skills recognition for some medium-skilled occupations in migrant intensive sectors such as construction and domestic work; - identifying how innovation and technology can be used to strengthen institutional capacity of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system; - striving to lift the quality of teaching, and participation at all levels in learning STEM disciplines; and - expanding the use of information and communication technology to improve workforce employability in the digital age, including through lifelong learning. 3. Social protection i. Joint and regional research activities to: - study new social risks (intensification of work, effects on health and safety, blurring of the boundaries between work and private life, or discrimination) in order to inform new social protection policies and programs; and - study new forms of social assistance (such as income support/replacement and community programs); and identify how digitization/new technological change will create circumstances that will require social protection solutions. i. Regional/ APEC policy discussions to: - consider how participatory social insurance schemes will need to adapt to new forms of employment; - explore options that support the development of adequate social protection policies in the changing world of work, to ensure that social protection coverage for workers reflects diverse forms of employment; and - promote access to social protection for women, the elderly, workers in the informal economy and in the sharing economy. i. Development of joint programs and projects to promote cooperation and exchanges of best practices to: - map out suitable social protection solutions that are adaptable to new forms of work in the digital age; and - share experience on how social protection systems may need to be changed or adapted to meet new forms of work. V. Implementing the priority areas of action through platforms for cooperation The platform for cooperation should be through the existing HRDWG and complement existing Ministerial Statements such as the APEC Education Ministerial Statement adopted in Lima 2016 and HRD Ministerial Statement adopted in Ha Noi 2014.This could include: - Strengthening cooperation through collaboration, representation and social dialogue. Taking into account various levels of development amongst APEC economies, the framework will provide a platform to promote best practices, share information and strengthen capacity-building among APEC economies on human resources development in the digital age in cooperation with relevant partners. In particular progress in new technology may have implications for dialogue with social partners. - Promoting linkages with other APEC initiatives. Initiatives under this framework can be enriched and built from various initiatives under the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth; Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reform; APEC Connectivity Blueprint; Framework for Youth Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship; APEC Education Strategy; and other relevant frameworks, to ensure mutual benefits among APEC economies on human resources development in the digital age. - Promoting linkages with other APEC sub-fora, such as ECSG, GOS, PPSTI, PPWE, and GOFD. VI.Proposed timeframe for the implementation of the framework The proposed timeframe for implementation of the Framework is from 2017 to 2025 with progress to be reviewed in 2022 by the Ministers responsible for human resources development. Source: www.apec.org Date: November 11, 2017 ××××× APEC 2017 APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council - 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex A) APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex B) ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex A)
    01.12.2017
    APEC ACTION AGENDA ON ADVANCING ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND SOCIAL INCLUSION IN THE APEC REGION 1. We, the Leaders of APEC, reiterate the call for effective economic, financial and social inclusion, which has become all the more necessary in the Asia-Pacific. Expanded trade and investment and digital transformation have spurred significant economic growth and employment, but the gains have been spread unevenly to different segments of our societies. Our region is faced with challenges to economic, financial and social inclusion, such as persistent inequality and unemployment, enduring multi-dimensional poverty affecting health, education and living standards, and impacts of technological progress. Moreover, significant demographic changes in some APEC economies, such as aging populations and the rise of the middle-income segment of the population, pose other challenges to inclusive growth. 2. We share the view that advancing inclusion is critical to achieving inclusive growth with far- reaching impacts on both developing and developed economies, large and small, from the Southern and Northern hemispheres and both sides of the Pacific. While many APEC initiatives already work toward supporting inclusion and aim to capture the emerging regional and global trends, significant gaps remain to be addressed. It is imperative that APEC develop a holistic set of policies and measures to promote the multiple dimensions of inclusion. This endeavor is part of our collective efforts in alignment with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. 3. This Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion draws together work currently under way in APEC relating to inclusion and adds new elements to ensure that efforts are relevant and responsive to the fast-changing global and regional landscape. Our overarching goal is to achieve a more inclusive APEC community by 2030. 4. The three key pillars of the Action Agenda include: a/ Economic inclusion refers to equality in being informed of and having access to economic opportunity for all members of society to meaningfully participate in their economy. b/ Financial inclusion implies that individuals and businesses have appropriate access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way. c/ Social inclusion is defined as the process of improving the terms of participation in society for people who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion and enhancing equity. 5. This Action Agenda aims to achieve the following APEC aspirational objectives: a/ Economic inclusion: Advance progress towards achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including young people, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for equal work; progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the average level in each economy as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. b/ Financial inclusion: Strengthen the capacity of financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services, and increase financial literacy and capability of all to access finance; and c/ Social inclusion: Empower all members of society to take advantage of economic opportunities. 6. We identify the following priority areas of work: a/ On economic inclusion: - Increasing equal access to new opportunities and employment by progressing structural reform in the key areas of competition policy, ease of doing business, good regulatory practices and cooperation, and public sector and corporate governance; strengthening institutional capacity, transparency and anti-corruption efforts; spurring innovation and creativity; and increasing the competitiveness of the services sector; - Enhancing economic opportunity and labor force participation, including for underrepresented and vulnerable groups - such as youth, women, the elderly, persons with disabilities and rural communities - by taking measures to remove barriers to training and employment, strengthening active labour market policies, and supporting human capital development that bridges educational competencies with labour-market demand. - Deepening regional integration, trade and investment, including by improving trade facilitation, access to markets, and internationalization of MSMEs. - Accelerating investment in infrastructure in terms of both quantity and quality; improving access to energy; and enhancing physical, institutional and people-to- people connectivity, including to under-developed, remote and rural areas; and - Promoting the internet and digital economy, start-ups and entrepreneurship; capitalizing on opportunities and overcoming challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. b/ On financial inclusion: - Accelerating financial infrastructure development, particularly digital infrastructure and legal frameworks to enable e-payment transactions, credit information sharing, secure transactions, valuation and insolvency ecosystems to promote broader MSMEs’ access to credit; enhancing availability of microfinance and supply-chain finance for MSMEs; establishing an enabling environment for MSMEs to access financial services and providing capacity-building and technical assistance to allow them to do so; - Promoting financial products and services appropriate for the unserved and underserved financial consumers, especially those from rural areas and the agricultural sector as a means to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation; - Ensuring a conducive regulatory environment that enables microfinance providers to more easily provide access to services in an efficient and cost-effective manner and secures appropriate levels of consumer protection; - Developing and implementing APEC member economies’ financial inclusion strategies, including capacity building, financial education and digital tools to improve financial literacy and human resource development in the financial sector; developing safe and well-regulated digital finance (especially, digital banking and Fintech); providing support to help financially vulnerable citizens gain access to formal financial services; and - Promoting international cooperation, including harmonization of standards and policies; building a financial inclusion and literacy database; sharing knowledge and enhancing capacity building. c/ On social inclusion: - Developing eco-systems for harnessing the benefits of digitalization and better understanding the impacts of technological innovation, including improving access to education, training and childcare opportunities; and strengthening human resource development policies for the digital age and the future of work, including by intensifying efforts for re-skilling and life-long learning and targeting workers displaced by structural changes; - Enhancing the social empowerment of women, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, rural communities and other underrepresented and vulnerable groups, including by enabling access to digital platforms and quality social services; and promoting social investment approaches; - Strengthening social safety nets; improving access to social protection, including by promoting floors in line with ILO Recommendation 202 on Social Protection Floors; and promoting the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and safe and healthy workplaces. 7. To implement the Action Agenda, we commit to the following actions: - Encourage APEC Committees, fora and sub-fora to incorporate economic, financial and social inclusion in their work plans or strategic plans if and where relevant; - Call on APEC fora to collectively propose in 2018 a total of at least six new initiatives, two initiatives for each of the economic, financial and social inclusion areas. - Strengthen cross-fora coordination, particularly between SOM and SFOM, in developing and implementing initiatives to strengthen economic, financial and social inclusion; - Enhance collaboration and synergies with important regional and global institutions, where appropriate, particularly those that are focused on fostering economic, financial and social inclusion, such as the G20, OECD, World Bank, IMF, ERIA, PECC and APEC study centers; and - Task officials to begin implementing the Action Agenda beginning from 2018, with a mid-term report of progress in 2024, and a final review in 2030. This initiative should be coordinated through the SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation. Source: www.apec.org Date: November 11, 2017 ××××× APEC 2017 APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council - 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex A) APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex B) ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand 100 years ago: history of old quarters of Bangkok
    24.11.2017
    Prior to 1769, Bangkok was an unimportant place near which stoocj one of the forts intended to guard the riverine approaches to Ayuthia, the former capital. In or about that year, however, it was selected as the headquarters of the army engaged in recovering Siam from the Burmese, from which time it grew rapidly and soon became the largest town in the country and the seat of government of the reorganised state. In 1782 His Majesty Rama I (Somdet Phra Putayot Fa) definitely fixed upon the place as his capital, and since that date, indissolubly connected with the fortunes of the dynasty he founded, it has prospered until, far surpassing all former capitals, it has become the greatest city the country has ever at any time possessed. In its earlier years Bangkok was built very largely upon, or close beside, the river and the innumerable creeks and canals which were excavated with some degree of system at varying distances surrounding the Royal Palace. The houses were either constructed on floating pontoons moored at the sides of the watercourses, or on high piles driven into the mud-banks. The Royal palaces occupied a large area in a bend on the east bank of the river, and the best land sites all round these were devoted to the erection of pagodas and temples, mostly of brickwork, and many of them of beautiful and elaborate design. The dwelling-houses were built of light material and usually had thatched roofs, those of the princes and higher nobles being generally, however, more solid structures of teak-wood, often richly carved, and with high roofs made of tiles. There were practically no roadways, all communication being by water. About the year 1880, however, the necessity for roads began to make itself felt, and there was constructed a street some five miles long, connecting the neighbourhood of the Royal palaces with the foreign consulates and European dwellings and places of business which lined the east bank of the river below the city. Since that time the macing of roads has continued, slowly at first but more rapidly later, so that to-day there are over a hundred miles of well-laid out streets, crossing the old canals at a thousand points and lined with neat brick-built houses... The streets are well-paved ana metalled, and are kept dean, those nearest to the Palace being in the best condition, as being the most likely to catch the eye of royalty. They are continually crowded with traffic of all kinds, thousands of jinrickshaws, hundreds of horsed carriages and motor vehicles continually passing to and fro. Here and there a row of the older thatched dwellings persists, and a few floating houses still cling to the banks of the river and the principal creeks, but these are doomed to early extinction. This picturesque castellated fortifications of the city are going also, the gateways have nearly all been removed to facilitate traffic, and whole sections of the walls have been demolished and utilised as road-metal. Before long Bangkok will be a city of bricks, but it will be also a city of trees, the verdure of which, together with the graceful spires and bright-coloured roofs of its religious and public buildings, will always redeem it from the monotony of appearance which characterises many cities of the West. North of the city an extensive park was laid out a few years ago, in the centre of which r the late King built for himself a small palace to which he could periodically retire to enjoy the pleasures of country life. The park, which is called Dusit, or “the Paradise where all desires are fulfilled", after the fourth heaven of the Buddhist cosmogony, is now a place of shrubberries, ornamental waters, small artificial hills and kiosks, intersected by well-kept walks and carriage-drives lined with avenues of tamarind and other trees. The summer palace has grown into a great enclosure containing many fine buildings, in which the Court now resides /rimost permanently, and a magnificent Audience Chamber, while, at a distance round about it, stand many beautiful villas, the palaces of the more important princes and nobles. A boulevard, about fwo miles long and some 200 feet wide, lined with trees and crossing three canals by means of handsome marble bridges, connects the Dusit Palace with the Grand Palace in the city. This last, a maze of delicate spiral roofs, flashing with gold and silver and overtopping white castellated walls, with surrounding green lawns, stately avenues, white roads and imposing temples and public buildings, forms one of the most remarkable sights of the Far East. The European residential quarter is to the south and south-east of the town, where many of the foreign consulates, flow nearly all raised to the condition of Legations, have been, or are being, rebuilt. All the main streets are lined with shade-trees, and provided with electric tramways, while the whole town is lit by electricity. Text: Graham Walter Armstrong From the book SIAM, Vol.1 London, The Da la Mora Press, Limited, 1924 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand 100 years ago: monks beg for breakfast
    24.11.2017
    In the early morning the big bell of the monastery calls the monk to rise and go out to beg for his breakfast. He takes a big iron bowl in his hands, holds it in front of him, and then with downcast head walks slowly through the streets allotted to him. He may not wander into another man's street, but must keep to his own. As he walks along, the people come out of their houses and put food into the bowl. One puts in a handful of rice, another a spoonful of curry. Someone else adds a few bananas, or some stale fish, or some scraped coco-nut. The monk looks neither to the right hand nor to the left, and gives no thanks to the donor of the meal. By the time he gets back to the monastery it is no exaggeration to say that his bowl often contains a very varied and weird assortment of oddments. It looks rather "a mess," and there is not much to be surprised at when we learn that some of the monks, who do not keep the rules of their Order very strictly, throw all this motley assortment of fish, flesh, fowl, and stale red-herrings to the dogs, afterwards partaking of a rather more tempting breakfast that has been prepared for them in the monastery. At certain times of the year only a few monks from each monastery go in search of food. The others stay at home at the temple. If a monk has rich relations, his disciple often receives for him well-cooked and appetizing meals upon which to break his fast. Read more: Thailand 100 years ago: muang, nakon and krung Bangkok Thailand 100 years ago: quarters of Bangkok Thailand 100 years ago: monks in the yellow robe Thailand 100 years ago: monks beg for breakfast Text: ERNEST YOUNG, B.Sc. SIAM. PEEPS AT MANY LANDS, 1910 Photo: internet ××××× ASIA 100 YEARS AGO Thailand 19 century: His Lordship white elephant Chang Phoouk Siam in 1858: His Majesty the King Mongkut Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand: traditional arts – Lakhon drama performance Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council
  • Thailand 100 years ago: monks in the yellow robe
    24.11.2017
    Siam has been called the "Kingdom of the Yellow Robe," on account of the presence everywhere of large numbers of monks, all of whom wear the yellow robe. Every man in Siam enters a monastery at some time or other in his life, and lives as a monk for a period varying from a few months to many years, or even for the whole of his life. The usual age for entering the priestly circle is about nineteen, and the shortest stay that can be decently made is for two months. The person seeking admission goes to the temple wearing his best clothes, and attended by a crowd of friends and relatives, who take presents to the priests. The presents include rice, fish, matches, fruit, cigars, betel-nut, alarm-clocks, vases of flowers, incense sticks, and dozens of other curious things. These are all distributed about the temple floor, till the sacred building looks as though it were about to be the scene of a glorified "jumble sale." Occasionally children enter the temple service and wear the yellow robe. It often happens that when one of a boy's parents is cremated he becomes a " boy-monk," because by this means he hopes to help his father in that other world to which he has been called. As a rule, too, each monk has a boy servant, or disciple, who cleans out his cell, and does other work of a lowly character for him. Monks may not possess silver money, but these disciples may receive it and spend it for the benefit of their masters. Read more: Thailand 100 years ago: muang, nakon and krung Bangkok Thailand 100 years ago: quarters of Bangkok Thailand 100 years ago: monks in the yellow robe Text: ERNEST YOUNG, B.Sc. SIAM. PEEPS AT MANY LANDS, 1910 Photo: internet ××××× ASIA 100 YEARS AGO Thailand 19 century: His Lordship white elephant Chang Phoouk Siam in 1858: His Majesty the King Mongkut Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand: traditional arts – Lakhon drama performance Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand: traditional arts - Lakhon drama performance
    23.11.2017
    The legitimate drama, which is called Lakhon, is of very ancient, probably Indian origin, and is so strongly imbued with convention and tradition as to be almost incomprehensible to the spectator who has received no education in the matter. It has considerable affinity with the Burmese drama, and like it was formerly played in the open-air, which accounts for the fact that it is usually on moonlit nights that representations are given. The stage is merely an oblong space on three sides of which the audience sits while the fourth is reserved for the orchestra and as a sort of green-room and dressing-room where the players dress and make up and sit to await their cues. In the houses of the well-to-do who have their private stage, this fourth side is screened off leaving two entrances right and left, but it often remains quite open so that the performers can be seen by the public while going through the interesting operation of changing their clothes. No scenery whatever is used, and the only piece of stage furniture is a dais, or raised seat, placed at the end of the stage jast in front of the orchestra and dressing-room, and between the two entrances, which serves as a throne, as a bed, as the interior of a cottage or what not, according as the action of the play demands. The dresses are very gorgeons, but are strictly conventional and quite unlike anything to be seen in modern Siam except in old pictures representing the classical costume of gods and of royalty. The repertoire consists almost entirely of stories from Brahman mythology or of fanciful episodes in the lives of kings of the remote past, and thus the heroes are always either gods or kings, and the heroines usually princesses. The impersonators of all the serious parts are women but comic relief is provided by two or three men who, usually dressed as peasants, that is in next to nothing, and without any make up, appear as country bumpkins, or as slaves or servants and enliven the proceedings with interpolated dialogue only remotely connected with the plot and with buffoonery which is often very clever and usually verging on the indecent. The make up of the women consists of powder plastered on the face until it resembles a smooth white mask and of strongly marked black eyebrows and red lips. This covering entirely precludes all facial expression of the emotions; hence joy, sorrow, pleasure, anger, and fear are all expressed by conventional signs. The dialogue, except that of the clowns, is conducted at a high and monotonous pitch of the voice and the singing, which forms a great part of the entertainment, is always slow, loud, and of strong nasal intonation. Incidental pas seul dances indicative of love, triumph, defiance, and other emotions are of frequent occurrence as are concerted morceaux cle ballet implying the array of armies, the flight of angels, or the peregrinations of errant princesses with their attendant maids-of-honour. Dancing is in fact almost the principal feature of the entertainment and an immense amount of time is passed in training the body to the diflicult postures and undulations which the art demands. Skipping, tripping, or pirouetting have no place in the Siamese dance which consists of wreathing the arms with the fingers turned back to' the uttermost, swaying and writhing the body and advancing or retiring with gliding motion, the toes turned out widely, the legs bent and the heels always in contact with the ground. Strange to say, such dancing when executed by a company of well trained supplebodied girls is frequently of very charming effect. The national dancing which is very similar to that of the Burmese, has, apart from the drama itself an immense hold upon the people. Children of both sexes, but more especially the females are instructed in the art, and though their limbs may not acquire the extraordinary suppleness and double jointedness which enables professionals to bend their elbows the wrong way, and to turn their fingers back over the hand to touch the wrist, yet some proficiency is usually attained and the pose becomes familiar to such an extent that upon the sudden experience of joy or triumph in later life, the body is almost involuntarily thrown into the attitude of the dance as the most adequate way of expressing the feelings. Lasciviousness of gesture which is a common feature of Indian dancing, and which to a certain extent permeates the Burmese art, is markedly absent from the Siamese Lakhon dancing, though among the Lao it is at times not altogether tabooed. The Lakhon is supposed to derive its name from the city of Lakhon or Nakhon Sri Thammarat, corrupted by the Malays into Ligor, and the supposition is possibly correct seeing that the city of Lakhon is one of the most ancient in the country, and was very early imbued with the spirit of Brahmanism, the influence of which is plainly evident in the drama of Siam. Text: Graham, W.A. Photo: internet Abstract from the book: Siam: a handbook of practical, commercial, and political information by Graham, W.A. (Walter Armstrong), 1868 Publication date: 1913 Publisher Chicago: F.G. Browne ××××× Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Siam in 1858: His Majesty the King Mongkut
    23.11.2017
    I was making my preparations for departure on the 16th October, my purpose being to penetrate into the north of the country and visit Cambodia and the savage tribes belonging to it, when I received an invitation from the King of Siam to be present at the great dinner which this monarch gives every year, on his birthday, to the European residents in Bangkok. I was presented by Monseigneur Pallegoix, and his Majesty’s reception was kind and courteous. His costume consisted of a pair of large trousers, a short brown jacket of some thin material, and slippers; on his head he wore a little copper helmet like those worn by the naval officers, and at his side a rich sabre. Most of the Europeans in Bangkok were present at the dinner, and enthusiastic toasts were drunk to the health[49] of his Majesty, who, instead of being seated, stood or walked round the table, chewing betel and addressing some pleasant observation to each of his guests in turn. The repast was served in a vast hall, from whence we could see a platoon of the royal guard, with flags and drums, drawn up in the courtyard. When I went to take leave of the King, he graciously presented me with a little bag of green silk, containing some of the gold and silver coin of the country,—a courtesy which was most unexpected, and for which I expressed my gratitude. This King, whose official title is Somdel Phra, Paramanda, Maha-Mangkut—that is, His Majesty the King, encircled with the Great Crown—was born on the 18th October, 1804, and mounted the throne of Siam in the year 1851. The first part of his life was passed in complete retirement in a monastery, in this following the example of many of his predecessors: for all sects emanating from Buddhism think it necessary that the rulers of nations should prepare themselves for supreme power by a previous life of repose and sanctity. It was only after the accession of Somdel Phra that the mastery he had gained over the most difficult sciences became known. After having applied himself to the history and geography of his country, he turned to the study of astronomy, natural philosophy, politics, and philology. He was familiar not only with all the dialects of Siam and Indo-China, but also with ancient Sanscrit and English, in which latter language he had written several treatises. The English journals at Hong-Kong have been honoured by articles from his pen, and no one who reads them can be surprised that the august contributor should have been elected a member of the Asiatic Society in London, a body which reckons on its list so many savans of the first rank. His Majesty had also acquired a fair knowledge of Latin from the French missionaries, especially from Archbishop Pallegoix, who has been his friend for thirty years. He studied astronomy almost without a master, and had gained such proficiency in that science as to be able to calculate an eclipse and determine the latitude and longitude of a place. He introduced a printing-press into his dominions, in which both Siamese and Roman characters are used. His language testifies to his education and intelligence, though it more resembles the phraseology of books than that of ordinary conversation. His predecessor had several hundred wives, and I believe the present King does not possess fewer than some dozen; but he only bestowed the title of queen on one, whose portrait hangs by the side of his own, and whose death, soon after my visit, left him inconsolable. Read more: Siam in 1858: The Menam river impressions Siam in 1858: His Majesty the King Text: Henri Mouhot Photo: internet / Drawn by M. Bocourt, from a Photograph. THE KING AND QUEEN OF SIAM Abstract from the book TRAVELS IN THE CENTRAL PARTS OF INDO-CHINA (SIAM), CAMBODIA, AND LAOS, DURING THE YEARS 1858, 1859, AND 1860. BY THE LATE M. HENRI MOUHOT, FRENCH NATURALIST. IN TWO VOLUMES.—Vol. I. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS. LONDON:JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET,1864. ××××× Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Siam in 1858: The Menam river impressions
    23.11.2017
    The Menam deserves its beautiful name — Mother of Waters - for its depth permits the largest vessels to coast along its banks without danger: so closely, indeed, that the birds may be heard singing gaily in the overhanging branches, and the hum of numberless insects enlivens the deck by night and day. The whole effect is picturesque and beautiful. Here and there houses are dotted about on either bank, and numerous villages give variety to the distant landscape. We met a great number of canoes managed with incredible dexterity by men and women, and often even by children, who are here early familiarised with the water. I saw the Governor’s children, almost infants, throw themselves into the river, and swim and dive like water-fowl. It was a curious and interesting sight, particularly from the strong contrast between the little ones and the adults. Here, as in the whole plain of Siam, which I afterwards visited, I met most attractive children, tempting one to stop and caress them; but as they grow older they rapidly lose all beauty, the habit of chewing the betel-nut producing an unsightly blackening of the teeth and swelling of the lips. It is impossible to state the exact population of Bangkok, the census of all Eastern countries being extremely imperfect. It is estimated, however, at from three to four hundred thousand inhabitants. Owing to its semi-aquatic site, we had reached the centre of the city while I believed myself still in the country; I was only undeceived by the sight of various European buildings, and the steamers which plough this majestic river, whose margins are studded with floating houses and shops. Bangkok is the Venice of the East, and whether bent on business or pleasure you must go by water. In place of the noise of carriages and horses, nothing is heard but the dip of oars, the songs of sailors, or the cries of the Cipayes (Siamese rowers). The river is the high street and the boulevard, while the canals are the cross streets, along which you glide, lying luxuriously at the bottom of your canoe. Text: Henri Mouhot Photo: internet / Drawn by M. Bocourt, from a Sketch by M. Mouhot. Abstract from the book TRAVELS IN THE CENTRAL PARTS OF INDO-CHINA (SIAM), CAMBODIA, AND LAOS, DURING THE YEARS 1858, 1859, AND 1860. BY THE LATE M. HENRI MOUHOT, FRENCH NATURALIST. IN TWO VOLUMES.—Vol. I. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS. LONDON:JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET,1864. ××××× Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand 100 years ago: rivers and roads in Siam
    23.11.2017
    Siam has six principal rivers, the Bangpakong, Chow Payah, Tacheen, Ma Klong, Petchaburee, and Chantaboon, besides many smaller streams, and almost innumerable canals, forming extensive water-ways, which are the chief thoroughfares throughout the kingdom. The bulk of all travel is performed by boat, as well as the transportation of goods or produce from one province to another. There are no railways and no established stage-coaches from one city to another. Within the last year or two hacks have been running in the capital, over the new roads which are being constantly extended and improved under the present energetic young ruler. It was during his royal father's reign in 1864, that the first road, worthy the name, was opened for travel in Bangkok. As one leaves the capital, the roads become mere elephant trails, or bridle and foot-paths through the jungle. Around provincial towns, of course, there are a few roadways worn into ruts and gullies by the two-wheeled rice-carts which bear the harvests from the fields to the granaries. But for long, pleasant roads, stretching for miles and miles over hill and dale, the traveller sighs in vain. Text: Mary Lovina Cort Siam: or, The heart of farther India. New York, A.D.F. Randolph & Co Publication date 1886 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: WLIN Queen power "The Honor Night"
    21.11.2017
    Luxury event in Ho Chi Minh city. Queen power 2017 Vietnam by Women Leaders International network (Read more: WLIN Vietnam). The Honor Night Date: 10.12.2017 Time: 17h00-21h00 Venue: HCM Opera House Source: WLIN ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference - November 2017 Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: WLIN Queen power Gala dinner
    21.11.2017
    Luxury event in Ho Chi Minh city. Queen power 2017 Vietnam by Women Leaders International network Gala dinner "The Shining talents" Date: 08.12.2017 Time: 17h00-21h00 Venue: Adora Luxury Source: WLIN ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference - November 2017 Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand: ATF 2018 in Chiang Mai
    20.11.2017
    On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, I am deeply honoured and it is indeed a privilege for Thailand to be the host of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018, under the theme “Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity”, to be held from 22–26 January, 2018, in Chiang Mai province, the “Rose of the North”. This theme reflects the Thai government’s awareness of ASEAN as a community of opportunity and people-centredness for a better livelihood under the mechanism of sustainable development. By connecting together in all aspects, we have created the economic and social opportunities for our people, which has resulted in the reduction of the development gap between all member countries. In addition, the border cities that are being administered to prevent and reduce negative impacts are the consequences of boundless economic connectivity and prosperity. The key to connectivity is the realisation of both the physical and spiritual aspects of the hearts and minds of our peoples in order for us to create an environment of peace and understanding between each other. This will no doubt be the road to prosperity for the people of ASEAN, and our efforts will be an indication to the world that tourism extends beyond numbers and figures. Now we have become united as a single force bearing endless potential for the development of tourism, trade, investment, human capital, and so many other aspects that are required for maintaining a decent level of living for everyone. By reinforcing human security for all, we are collectively addressing the challenges facing our region and peoples – be they global economic and financial crises, climate change, food and energy, security, infectious diseases, or natural disasters. ASEAN’s collective voice and views on these issues have been heard on the world stage and reflect the vibrant spirit of cooperation among us and our recognition of our shared destiny. We are recognised by the world as a region that offers unique, vibrant, local tailor-made experiences that travellers from all over the globe come to see for themselves. Today we stand together, united as a single force working towards the sustainable development of our beloved tourism industry, and as friends of tourism we will develop our tourism industry and enhance the capabilities of our potential in order for us to move forward into the future together. So join us at the ATF 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand!. KOBKARN WATTANAVRANGKUL Minister of Tourism and Sports Source: website ATF 2018 ××××× APEC 2017 APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council - 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: the sunflower season starts
    20.11.2017
    The sunflower season has started in Central Thailand. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Lop Buri Office, the first sunflowers of the year can now be seen at some fields nearby Khao Chin Lae in Lop Buri, just a short drive northeast of Bangkok. The sunflower season in Lop Buri and Sara Buri provinces in Central Thailand normally starts around November and goes on until January or February, depending on the weather. Each farm in the two provinces takes turns in planting the sunflowers so that there is at least one area of blooming flowers during this period. This year, the season covers from 1 November, 2017, to 31 January, 2018. Each sunflower field lasts about 10 days, and most farms offer free entry, some might provide extra services; such as, pony riding and exploring the field on a mini tractor. There are also booths selling sunflower oil and seeds as well as fruit, food and beverages. Here are some of the best places to visit the sunflower fields in Lop Buri and Sara Buri: Lop Buri offers the first places to see the sunflowers in bloom in Phatthana Nikhom, Chai Badan, and Khok Samrong districts. The most famous location is at the fields nearby Khao Chin Lae, where the limestone mountain provides an impressive backdrop for the vast landscape of beautiful yellow flowers as they turn their bright faces to follow the sun. Sara Buri is another home of sunflower fields in Thailand. Travelling by car is recommended as you’ll need to drive along the areas, including Khao Din Phattana in Amphoe Chaloem Phra Kiat; Nayao in Amphoe Phra Phutthabat; Hinson in Amphoe Kaeng Khoi, Salaengpan in Amphoe Wang Muang, Ban Kluai in Amphoe Nong Don, and Mittraphap and Amphoe Muak Lek. Since it’s a bit of a challenge to map which fields will see the sunflowers in bloom at which time, you might like to call the TAT Lop Buri Office for some recommendations at Tel: +66 (0) 3677 0096-7. Text & photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Date: November 10, 2017 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× ASIA 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor’s court Japan: paper manufactures of the Japanese Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand 19 century: His Lordship white elephant Chang Phoouk
    19.11.2017
    It is commonly supposed that the Buddhists of Siam and Birmah regard the Chang Phoouk, or white elephant, as a deity, and worship it accordingly. The notion is erroneous, especially as it relates to Siam. The Buddhists do not recognize God in any material form whatever, and are shocked at the idea of adoring an elephant. Even Buddha, to whom they undoubtedly offer pious homage, they do not style " God," but on the contrary maintain that, though an emanation from a " sublimated ethereal being," he is by no means a deity. According to their philosophy of metempsychosis, however, each successive Buddha, in passing through a series of transmigrations, must necessarily have occupied in turn the forms of white animals of a certain class, — particularly the swan, the stork, the white sparrow, the dove, the monkey, and the elephant. But there is much obscurity and diversity in the views of their ancient writers on this subject. Only one thing is certain, that the forms of these nobler and purer creatures are reserved for the souls of the good and great, who find in them a kind of redemption from the baser animal life. Thus almost all white animals are held in reverence by the Siamese, because they were once superior human beings, and the white elephant, in particular, is supposed to be animated by the spirit of some king or hero. Having once been a great man, he is thought to be famliar with the dangers that surround the great, and to know what is best and safest for those whose condition in all respects was once his own. He is hence supposed to avert national calamity, and bring prosperity and peace to a people. From the earliest times the kings of Siam and Birmah have anxiously sought for the white elephant, and having had the rare fortune to procure one, have loaded it with gifts and dignities, as though it were a conscious favorite of the throne. When the governor of a province of Siam is notified of the appearance of a white elephant within his bailiwick, he immediately commands that prayers and offerings shall be made in all the temples, while he sends out a formidable expedition of hunters and slaves to take the precious beast, and bring it in in triumph. As soon as he is informed of its capture, a special messenger is despatched to inform the king of its sex, probable age, size, complexion, deportment, looks, and ways ; and in the presence of his Majesty this bearer of glorious tidings undergoes the painfully pleasant operation of having his mouth, ears, and nostrils stuffed with gold. Especially is the lucky wight — perhaps some half- wild woodsmc... — who was first to spy the illustrious monster munificently rewarded. Orders are promptly issued to the woons and wongses of the several districts through which he must pass to prepare to receive him royally, and a wide path is cut for him through the forests he must traverse on his way to the capital. Wherever he rests he is sumptuously entertained, and everywhere he is escorted and served by a host of attendants, who sing, dance, play upon instruments, and perform feats of strength or skill for his amusement, until he reaches the banks of the Meinam, where a great floating palace of wood, surmounted by a gorgeous roof and hung with crimson curtains, awaits him. The roof is literally thatched with flowers ingeniously arranged so as to form symbols and mottoes, which the superior beast is supposed to decipher with ease. The floor of this splendid float is laid with gilt matting curiously woven, in the centre of which his four-footed lordship is installed in state, surrounded by an obsequious and enraptured crowd of mere bipeds, who bathe him, perfume him, fan him, feed him, sing and play to him, flatter him. His food consists of the finest herbs, the tenderest grass, the sweetest sugar-cane, the mellowest plantains, the brownest cakes of wheat, served on huge trays of gold and silver ; and his drink is perfumed with the fragrant flower of the dok mallee, the large native jessamine. Thus, in more than princely state, he is floated down the river to a point within seventy miles of the capital, where the king and his court, all the chief personages of ihe kingdom, and a multitude of priests, both Buddhist and Brahmin, accompanied by troops of players and musicians, come out to meet him, and conduct him with all the honors to his stable-palace. A great number of cords and ropes of all qualities and lengths are attached to the raft, those in the centre being of fine silk (figuratively, " spun from a spider's web "). These are for the king and his noble retinue, who with their own hands make them fast to their gilded barges ; the rest are secured to the great fleet of lesser boats. And so, with shouts of joy, beating of drums, blare of trumpets, boom of cannon, a hallelujah of music, and various splendid revelry, the great Chang Phoouk is conducted in triumph to the capital. Here in a pavilion, temporary but very beautiful, he is welcomed with imposing ceremonies by the custodians of the palace and the principal personages of the royal household. The king, his courtiers, and the chief priests being gathered round him, thanksgiving is offered up ; and then the lordly beast is knighted, after the ancient manner of the Buddhists, by pouring upon his forehead consecrated water from a chank-shell. The titles reserved for the Chang Phoouk vary according to the purity of the complexion (for these favored creatures are rarely true albinos, — salmon or flesh-color being the nearest approach to white in almost all the historic "white elephants" of the courts of Birmah and Siam) and the sex ; for though one naturally has recourse to the masculine pronoun in writing of a transmigrated prince or warrior, it often happens that prince or warrior has, in the medlied mask of metempsychosis, assumed a female form. Such, in fact, was the case with the stately occupant of the stable-palace at the court of Maha Mongkut ; and she was distinguished by the high-sounding appellation of Maa Phya Seri Wongsah Ditsarah Krasaat, — " August and Glorious Mother, Descendant of Kings and Heroes." For seven or nine days, according to certain conditions, the Chang Phoouk is feted at the temporary pavilion, and entertained with a variety of dramatic performances ; and these days are observed as a general holiday throughout the land. At the expiration of this period he is conducted with great pomp to his sumptuous quarters within the precincts of the first king's palace, where he is received by his own court of officers, attendants, and slaves, who install him in his fine lodgings, and at once proceed to robe and decorate him. First, the court jeweller rings his tremendous tusks with massive gold, crowns him with a diadem of beaten gold of perfect purity, and adorns his burly neck with heavy golden chains. Next his attendants robe him in a superb velvet cloak of purple, fringed with scarlet and gold ; and then his court prostrate themselves around him, and offer him royal homage. When his lordship would refresh his portly person in the bath, an officer of high rank shelters his noble head with a great umbrella of crimson and gold, while others wave golden fans before him. On these occasions he is invariably preceded by musicians, who announce his approach with cheerful minstrelsy and songs. If he falls ill, the king's own leech prescribes for him, and the chief priests repair daily to his palace to pray for his safe deliverance, and sprinkle him with consecrated waters and anoint him with consecrated oils. Should he die, all Siam is bereaved, and the nation, as one man, goes into mourning for him. But his body is not burned ; only his brains and heart are thought worthy of that last and highest honor. The carcass, shrouded in fine white linen, and laid on a bier, is carried down the river with much Availing and many mournful dirges, to be thrown into the Gulf of Siam. Text: Anna Harriette Leonowens The English governess at the Siamese court: recollection of six years in the royal palace at Bangkok Publisher: FIELDS, OSGOOD, & CO., Boston, 1870. Photo: image of Siam flag in 19 century, internet ××××× ASIA 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d’Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor’s court Japan: paper manufactures of the Japanese Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: the story behind street names
    19.11.2017
    From North to South many cities, towns and villages of Vietnam have streets with same names. Street naming in Vietnam is usually inspired from important events and people in Vietnamese history. Lac Long Quan street and Au Co street are usually located nearby. Names are taken from the legendary history of Vietnam: Lac Long Quan and Au Co, the Dragon and Fairy, are the sacred ancestors of the Vietnamese nation. Hai Ba Trung street, Ba Trieu Street, Hung Vuong street. Names are taken from the very early times of Viet nation. "Hung Vuong" is a dinasty of 18 kings "vua Hung", who ruled the country in ancient times. Hung is a dynasty name. Vuong means "The king, or the ruler". Hai Ba Trung are Two honorable sisters Trung, ladies-warriors. Ba Trieu also was a ruler and lady-warrior. Nguyen Du street: Nguyen Du was a famous poet, who wrote a poem "Kieu", 3254 poetry lines long. Nguyen Binh Khiem, also was a prominent poet and thinker of Vietnam. Old quarters in Hanoi, and the most famous "The 36 old streets", are located near the legendary Hoan Kiem lake. In old quarters names of the streets originated from the specific trades and crafts that dominated on this street: Silk street, Silversmith's street, street of Ritual items. Some streets in Vietnam are named after foreigners, whose works are considered of a special importance for the Vietnamese nation. An Alexander de Rodes street was named after a person, who applied letters of the Latin alphabet for Vietnamese languages. Pasteur street. Yersin street. Calmette street. All are named after doctors and researchers. Read this story for more details: Vietnam 100 years ago: Dr. Yersin and Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang Text and photo: Daria Mishukova ××××× ASIA 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d’Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor’s court Japan: paper manufactures of the Japanese Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang – Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: Dr. Yersin and Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang
    19.11.2017
    The name of Pasteur is connected in the minds of many people solely with the terrible disease of hydrophobia, and Pasteur Institutes with its treatment. It is true that the discovery of a cure for rabies was one of Pasteur's greatest triumphs, and by it he has saved thousands of people from a most horrible death. Yet neither this, nor the arrest of the silkworm disease, nor the cure of anthrax by vaccination, are his only credentials to fame. He was above all the pioneer of research work, and the marvellous results now obtained from the study of microbes are due almost entirely to him. The investigations which he began alone are now being carried on by all nations in all countries. Lister, Bruce,- Laveran, and Ross, whose names will always be connected respectively with the antiseptic treatment of wounds, sleeping sick-ness, malaria these men and numbers of others acknowledge that their discoveries were stimulated by Pasteur's example. To these famous names should be added that of Dr. Yersin, now director of the Pasteur Institute of Nhatrang, who was one of Pasteur's first pupils. After studying under the great master for some years at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, he left for the East. While in Tonking the terrible plague epidemic of 1894 broke out in Hongkong and Canton. He obtained permission from the French Government to go there and arrived when the plague had already claimed thousands of victims among the Chinese. Dr. Yersin was allowed to establish a small laboratory in a hut within the precincts of the hospital, and in the very midst of plague infection he set to work. The first thing that struck him when visiting the wretched overcrowded huts of the natives was the number of dead rats. He was told that this rat mortality was a well-known forerunner of plague. Yersin at once examined their blood under the microscope and found that their disease was the same as that of the natives. In the bubonic tumours the great characteristic of plague he discovered immense numbers of an unknown bacillus. This he succeeded in cultivating. Healthy rats and mice were inoculated with this culture ; they rapidly showed typical plague symptoms and died. The bacillus of plague was discovered. Yersin had no sooner obtained this result than he began to search for the probable medium of infection between rat and man. Ultimately he found that the infection was carried by fleas, of which there was an abundance owing to the hot climate and the filthy dwellings of the natives. Now famous, he asked for funds to establish an Institute in French Indo-China, where he might not only prepare the anti-plague serum, but continue his other bacteriological work. He was convinced that there was a vast field open to research in the Tropics, and that the study of microbes would lead to greater results here than in Europe. His request granted, he began to look out for a favourable site. Annam is a narrow band of territory forming the eastern boundary of Indo-China. It is almost entirely made up of the eastern slope of the "Annamitic Chain" which runs right through the colony from north to south. Yersin had been one of the first explorers of the interior, and though he had discovered the Langbian Plateau, which was favourable in many respects, he deemed it too much cut off from civilisation till roads were made. He was obliged, therefore, to confine himself to the plain. He might have joined forces with Dr. Calmette, who had established a laboratory at Saigon, but he realised that horses and cattle, of which he would need a great quantity, would be dearer to buy and to keep in a town. This scientist therefore determined to settle in one of the little villages along the coast, opposite one of the beautiful sheltered bays of which Annam can justly boast. Nhatrang answered his requirements. It was a small village, healthy for Europeans, with plenty of cattle and horses, pasturage easily obtainable a short distance inland, and with the mail-boats north and south calling once a fortnight. /.../ Suoigiau (or, as it is called on maps, "Concession Yersin") is a large grant of land given to Dr. Yersin by the colony on condition that it should be cultivated. Yersin first grew tobacco, then coffee, later coca for cocaine, and, although the results of each of these plantations were very successful, all have now been given up for the cultivation of rubber-trees (Hevea bresilensis). They have already begun to yield, and the plantation produces more than a ton of rubber a year, and provides an income for the Institute. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Text: Gabrielle Vassal On and off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: Business&Leisure archive ××××× ASIA 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor’s court Japan: paper manufactures of the Japanese Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: Annamite ladies pantaloons and black teeth
    16.11.2017
    Upon market days, the crowd is very great and the spectacle a curious one, and long lines of women go by carrying their goods in baskets suspended to the two ends of a bamboo which rests on the shoulders. They wear turbans, and most of them are attired in long smocks, while others wear pantaloons, which, it is said, Minh-Mang ordered to be worn in order to check the licentiousness which prevailed. This edict was so untimely that it led to a bloody revolt. Jealous of their rights and their mode of dress, the Annamite women have very distinct characteristices, and it is only with them that one sees the indolent carriage which they affect, with their thighs outstretched and their haunches moving as in the dance. This natural attitude, due in the main to their conformation, is perhaps one of the most marked characteristics of the race of the Giao-Chi, which is quite distinct from the Chinese. They have good busts, and the face would often be pleasing if they could hide the mouth; but the new-comer is horrified to see their thick, swollen and split lips open and display a cavity with black teeth, often very decayed, and what looks like bloody saliva. Still more surprised is he when this cavity opens to let drop into the mouth of two or three children some half-masticated rice. Yet there is nothing but what is natural in all this. The black is due to the habit of lacquering the teeth and the red to the chewing of the betel-nut, while as to masticating the children's food in advance, I have heard the doctors say that it is a very good plan. After a few months' time, one grows accustomed to anything, and as these Annamite ladies put up with our white teeth — dog's teeth, as they call them — I hope they will excuse my remarks. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Vietnam 100 years ago: Annamite ladies pantaloons and black teeth Text: Prince Henri d'Orléans (1867-1901) Around Tonkin and Siam Publication date: 1894 Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall Photo: old photo from internet ××××× VIETNAM 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans
    16.11.2017
    So we reach the entrance to the celebrated bay of Halong, and I might as well put down my pen, for it is very difficult to describe one of the finest sights in the world, and so different from all others. Let the reader try to imagine hundreds of islets, many of which have the shape of gigantic pillars, surrounded by a crown or cap of greenery. The sea is calm, its surface scarcely wrinkled by the furrows which our sloop makes, and in colour it is of a deep mysterious blue, which seems, as it were, to conceal immeasurable depths. It would seem, indeed, as if the waters, formerly much higher, had receded after having eaten into the cliffs, for in many places there are large recesses and the summit overhangs, while in others the rock, instead of having any vegetation, runs to a point like a long blade bristling with needles. In all directions, there are small creeks and natural caverns, which only a small boat can penetrate through a natural archway. The two prevailing elements of grandeur, which add to the majesty of the scene, are solitude and calm. As the sloop advances the route seems to close in behind us, and we may well wonder how we entered this new, unknown and mysterious kingdom. We are in a land of dreams, where the imagination allows itself free course, and it is easy to conjure up pirates and corsairs coming into the recesses of some creek, the access to which is known to them alone, in order to count their spoils. One fancies them dominated by a woman — young, very beautiful, and rather pensive. A deep passion, a struggle between the two rivals, treason, followed by the punishment of the traitor, and then the happiness of the woman disappearing into the terrible archipelago. These are the fancies which course through my brain, and, mixed up with all this, tremendous encounters, flights through grottos with a double issue half full of water, and other daydreams, until my companions hail to me that we have reached our destination. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Text: Prince Henri d'Orléans (1867-1901) Around Tonkin and Siam Publication date: 1894 Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall Photo: old photo from internet ××××× VIETNAM 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s
    16.11.2017
    The lake awakens recollections greatly prized by the Annamites, those of the independence which they won by their victory over the Chinese. The legend attaching to the lake of the great sword (Hoam-Kiem-ho) is that in 1418, when Annam was under the Chinese yoke, a fisherman, Le-loi, having past his nets into the lake, drew out a long sword. Taking this to be a presage from heaven, he got up a rising against the Chinese, who, after ten years' struggle, abandoned Annam, The liberator, having been crowned king by his companions, decided that a sacrifice should be made to thank the gods for their goodness. The preparations for this sacrifice having been completed, the sword which had guided them to victory was carried with great pomp to the shore, but the ceremony had barely begun when the sword leapt from its scabbard and changed into a dragon, which at once leapt in the water and was seen no more. This was at once recognised to be the genius of the lake and a pagoda was built in his honour. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Text: Prince Henri d'Orléans (1867-1901) Around Tonkin and Siam Publication date: 1894 Publisher: London, Chapman & Hall Photo: old photo from internet ××××× VIETNAM 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves
    16.11.2017
    There are various kinds of books. The most elegant are said to be written, or rather engraved, on tablets of ivory, but I have never seen any of those. Some are made of long strips of coarse paper, either white or black, and folded too-ether somethina: like a fan. These are written with gamboge or soap-stone pencil, which can be erased, or with the ordinary lead-pencil and ink. Others, mostly sacred books, are written with a brass or iron stylo, on carefully prepared palm-leaves, and rubbed with ink and oil to bring out the characters. Sometimes the letters are gilt, and the edges of the leaves are also gilt, or colored with vermilion. They are placed in order on strings, and when read are usually laid upon a table or cushion, to preserve them, it is presumed, from the injurious moisture of the warm hand, or, more likely still, the reader is too superstitious or indolent to hold them. The preparation and copying of these sacred palm-leaf books is considered a work of great merit. Some perform the work themselves, others hire it done, but all derive merit from the gracious work. We have little idea of the labor and " passionate patience " required for work of this kind. We, with our steam-presses that multiply copies with the rapidity of thought, smile with grim pity at the small accomplishments of years of careful labor. Text: Mary Lovina Cort Siam: or, The heart of farther India. New York, A.D.F. Randolph & Co Publication date 1886 Photo: internet Fragment from Illustrated Liturgical Manuscript of Chants. ××××× Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants
    16.11.2017
    The greatest of the curiosities to which our attention was directed were the white elephants, well known in Europe to be objects of veneration, if not of worship, in all the countries where the religion of Buddha prevails. The present King has no less than six of these, a larger number than ever was possessed by any Siamese monarch; and this circumstance is considered peculiarly auspicious to his reign. Four of them were shown to us. They approached much nearer to a true white colour than I had expected: they had, indeed, all of them more 'or less of a flesh-coloured tinge; but this arose from the exposure of the skin, owing to the small quantity of hair with which the elephant is naturally covered. They showed no signs of disease, debility, or imperfection; and as to size, they were of the ordinary stature, the smallest being not less than six feet six inches high. Upon inquiring into their ‘history, we found that they were all either from the kingdom of Lao or Kambodia, and none from Siam itself, nor from the Malay countries tributary to it, which last, indeed, had never been known to afford a white, elephant. The rareness of the white elephant is, no doubt, the origin of the consideration in which it is held. The countries in which, it is found, and in which, indeed, the elephant in general exists in greatest perfection, and is most regarded, are those in which the worship of Buddh and the doctrine of the metempsychosis prevail. It was natural, therefore, to imagine that the body of so rare an object as a white elephant must be the temporary habitation of the soul of some mighty personage in its progress to perfection. This is the current belief, and accordingly every white elephant has the rank and title of a king, with an appropriate name expressing this dignity-such as the “pure king,” the “wonderful king,” and so forth. One of the Jesuits, writing upon this subject, informs us with some naivete, that his Majesty of Siam does not ride the white elephant, because he, the white elephant, is as great a king as himself! Each of those which we saw had a separate stable, and no less than ten keepers to wait upon it. The tusks of the males, for there were some of both sexes, were ornamented with gold rings. On the head they had all a gold chain net, and on the back a small embroidered velvet cushion. Notwithstanding the veneration with which the white elephants are considered in some respects, it does not seem to be carried so far in Siam as to emancipate them from occasional correction. Two of them were described as so vicious, that it was considered unsafe to exhibit them. A keeper pricked the foot of one, in our presence, with a sharp iron until blood came, although his majesty’s only offence was stealing a bunch of bananas; or rather, snatching it before lie had received permission! In the stables of the white elephants, we were shown two monkies, whose presence, the keepers insisted, preserved their royal charges from sickness. These were of a perfectly pure white colour, of considerable size, and of the tribe of monkics with long tails. They were in perfect health, and had been long caught; but we were advised not to play with them. Text: John Crawfurd Journal Of An Embassy To The Courts Of Siam And Cochin China Publication date 1828 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: beauty standards
    15.11.2017
    Before describing to me the general characteristics of beauty peculiar to this country, a mandarin was very careful to explain that "moral qualities and virtues are of far greater importance than physical beauty when it becomes a question of choosing a wife." These were his own words. " Besides," he added, "it is not the young man who has the most to say in the matter." All the same, the poets and lovers of this country have evolved an ideal somewhat as follows: The size of waist must not be conspicuous, for if it is too large or too small there will be a lack of harmony. The blackest and the longest hair is the most beautiful. The face should be a long oval, and must have complete regularity of feature. The Chinese prefer a round face. For masculine beauty the Annamese demand angular features and projecting cheek-bones. To quote, or rather paraphrase, a native poet, "The eyes of the beloved one are as brilliant as those of an eagle, her eyelashes with their beautiful fine curves spring forth like a silkworm's. Her heel is as red as ink." This has become a popular proverb, perhaps one of the best known among the Annamese. No great imagination is needed to gauge the beauty of a deep dominating glance, powerful as the eagle's; but Asiatics alone thoroughly appreciate the ideal curve of an eyelash! And what shall we say of the pink heel, the carmine heel, the little foot red-tinted by the light brush of a fairy! This admiration, so typically Annamese, is somewhat surprising to us. Such a point in aesthetics would have escaped a European, whereas to this whole race it is a characteristic of first-rate importance. This is the reason why the Annamese woman who can afford shoes goes barefoot, or wears so tiny a sandal that it only just covers the tips of her toes. Can there possibly be any connection between this peculiar taste of the Annamese and that which has urged the Chinese to deform the feet of their women? But it is noteworthy that in China women are extremely particular as to the foot. It would be considered indelicate for the women of the Celestial Empire to show their feet, and artists always represent them as hidden beneath the dress. The Annamese do not possess this particular kind of modesty, and, as I said before, frankly admire the red heel. The hand should be small, the fingers thin and long. A round and white wrist is essential. The Annamese are critical, too, as to the voice they admire soft and harmonious tones. The walk and bearing of the Annamese woman is most graceful. From an early age she practises walking, head up, chest out, without stiffness or ostentation, and the arms swinging freely with a rhythmic motion. The smiles which bring dimples into play are as attractive to these people as they are to us. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy
    15.11.2017
    The practice of polygamy among the Annamese differs widely. The King of Annam has a great number of wives, but even the greatest mandarins rarely have more than four or five. The poor of necessity possess only one, for it is mere worldly fortune that regulates the number of wives. A travelling merchant or official generally has a family in each of his principal business centres, the wife acting as his commercial agent and steward. Some authors say that polygamy is due to the preponderance of female births, but it is also on account of the desire to secure to the richest and most gifted the largest posterity. The legal wife is called the wife of the first degree: "vo chinh." She takes an important position in the household. She is the queen of the hearth. All the secondary wives, servants, etc., owe her obedience; all the children respect and honour her. At her death mourning is worn for three years, while for the death of any of the other wives it is only worn for one year, and then only by her own children. At the death of the father all the children of the different wives receive the same amount. The first legal wife retains a life interest in her husband's property. The possessions of each mother are divided among her own children. It may be observed that the social condition of the Annamese woman has attained a high standard. Many Western civilisations have not recognised the rights of women to a greater extent. /.../ The wives of artisans are noted for being as keen and clever in business as their husbands, and it is for this reason that it is no uncommon thing for Chinese merchants to choose Annamese wives. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: beauty standards Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× ALSO INTERESTING Thailand 100 years ago: books on palm leaves Thailand 200 years ago: the white elephants ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins
    15.11.2017
    The chief wives of the mandarins do no manual labour, as that would be considered below their dignity. They occasionally make cakes or sweets for amusement, but the daily duties of the household, such as the preparation of meals, sewing and cleaning, are all left to the other women of the harem. They never weave or embroider, in fact, how could they possibly do it ? for their nails are allowed to grow to ten or fifteen centimetres in length! They spend a good deal of time in music and singing. It is rather surprising to find that among the Annamese women, who are naturally such good and healthy mothers, those of the richer classes never nurse their own babies, but allow them to be reared by a paid wet-nurse. A mandarin told me that only one in a thousand nursed her own baby. The flowers are arranged by the mistress of the house, who is also responsible for the dwarf trees and miniature artificial gardens. Another of her principal duties is to fill and arrange the box of betel-nuts. Much time is also devoted to her toilet, and there seems no end to all its details ; her ablutions and all sorts of massage, her lips and eyebrows to paint, her nails to polish, different costumes to try on, her head-dress to change, the different perfumed pomades to choose for her hands, and last but not least, the smiles to practise in the glass. She smokes numbers of tiny thin cigarettes. The wife of a mandarin is by no means a recluse, and she often pays visits to the wives of other mandarins. But her principal pastime is cards, and it is no exaggeration to say that more than half her life is spent in games. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: beauty standards Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor
    15.11.2017
    The numerous wives of the Emperor of Annam employ their time in much the same way. These all-powerful monarchs have always liked to surround themselves with a Court in which the feminine element predominates. Men writing on Annam have attributed hundreds of wives to the king. As a monarch has only right to three wives of the first-class rank, princesses of the second rank are numerous, for all the powerful mandarins wish to have one of their daughters in the royal harem. But it would be an error to count among the Imperial favourites the dancers, actresses, singers, and mimics who frequent the Court. The monarch is served by his wives on their knees. An Annamese proverb says, "Where is the pimento that is not peppered? Where is the woman who is not jealous?" The competition and rivalry among the women of the harem is sometimes unbelievable. Many are the plots formed, the deceits and tricks practised within the Court. In this bevy of young women reputed to be the most beautiful in Annam, all the resources of intelligence and craft, all the artifices of attire, come into play. A certain woman is confident of her beauty and charm, for she has been chosen out from among her companions for months. Efforts, however, are not relaxed, the aim of every woman being to please the royal master, to please at any price. In order to appear in Court ceremonies, costume is by no means left to chance. Ancient edicts regulate the colour of the silks and the richness of the brocades. There is room, all the same, for personal ingenuity. When the toilet is finished, cards are brought out, or the more intelligent among them ask for the palace readers and listen enraptured to tales of adventure or love-stories. Cigarettes are smoked continually, while at the same time they drink tea and feast on cakes and sweetened ginger. The wives of the king arrange the flowers in the royal apartments and replenish the betel-box. The Imperial favourites are hardly ever seen outside the palace gates, or in public. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: beauty standards Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners
    14.11.2017
    When twilight deepens, the big saucepan of rice is brought to the fore and the contents divided into a number of little bowls, one for each member of the family. Other bowls contain broken-up fish, little pieces of roast pork, and one or two native vegetables. Each person picks up from these common dishes with his chopsticks a little morsel here and there, and, after first dipping it into the nuoc-mam, without which no Annamese meal is complete, flavours his own little bowl to his liking. The Annamese never eat with their fingers ; if they have no chopsticks at hand any slender pieces of wood picked up on the ground will do instead. They never drink while eating, but wait till the meal is finished. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japanese Tea: history of Darma
    13.11.2017
    I am sensible, that some will think it superfluous and needless to write the Natural History of Tea, after that prolix and accurate description of this Plant, which hath been given by Dr. William ten Rhyne, my much honoured friend, and worthy predecessor in the same station in Japan; and which was publish'd by the learned Dr. Breynius in the Appendix to his Century of Exotic Plants (printed at Dantzick in 1678.) But as that inquisitive Gentleman did not stay so long in the Country as myself; and besides, leading a much more retired Life, did not meet with the same opportunities of enquiring into all the particulars relating to this plant, 'tis no wonder that he omitted several circumstances, which I thought too material not to be communicated to the publick, and therefore, chose rather to repeat what hath been already said by him, to add what he hath omitted, and thus at once to give a full and compleat account of so remarkable a Plant /.../ The Tea, which is by the Japanese call'd Tsjaa, hath, as yet, no character of its own, in the learned language of the country, and approved of by the universities; I mean one of those, which, at once give some idea of the very nature of the things express'd by them. Mean while various other characters have been given to it; some of which merely express the sound of the word, others allude to the virtues and description of the Plant. Of the latter kind is that, which represents the eyebrows of Darma, an eminent Saint among the Heathens. It will not be improper here to insert the history of this man, not only as it is pleasant and singular in its kind, but chiefly as it serves to ascertain the time, when, according to the Japanese this Plant first came in use. Its denomination. Darma was the third son of Kasiuwo, an Indian king. He was a holy and religious person, as it were a Pope in the Indies, and the eight and twentieth successor on the holy See of Siaka, the Founder of the Eastern Paganism? who was an Indian himself, and a Negro, born one thousand twenty-eight years before our Saviour's nativity. About the year of Christ 519. this Darma came into China: His design was to bring the inhabitants of that populous Empire to the knowledge of God, and to preach his Gospel and Religion to them, as the true and only one that would lead them to Salvation. Nor was it only with his doctrine, that he endeavour'd to make himself useful to Men, and acceptable unto God. He went still farther, and strove for Divine Grace, by leading an austere and exemplary life, exposing himself to all the injuries of the weather, chastizing and mortifying his body, and subduing the passions of his mind: He lived only upon vegetables, and thought this to be the highest degree of Holiness, to pass days and nights in an uninterrupted Satori, that is, a contemplation of the Divine Being. To deny all manner of rest and relaxation to the body, and to consecrate the mind entirely, and without intermission, to God, was what he took to be the sincerest repentance, and most eminent degree of perfection humane nature could attain to. After a continued waking of many years, he at last grew so weary of his fatigues and fasting, that he fell asleep. Awaking the next morning, and with sorrow remembring, that he had broke through his vow, he resolved to take to a sincere repentance; and, in the first place, lest the like accident should happen to him hereafter, he cut off both his eyebrows, as the instruments and ministers of his crime, and threw them upon the ground. Returning the next day to the place, where he had done this execution, he observed that, by a wonderful change, each Eyebrow was become a Shrub, and that very one, which is now call'd Tea, whose virtues and use were then as yet unknown to the world, no more than the Plant itself. Darma eating of the leaves of this Plant (whether fresh, or boil'd in water, is not known) found, with surprize, an uncommon joy and gladness to fill his breast, and his mind endowed with new strength and vigour to pursue his divine meditations. This uncommon event, and the excellent virtues of the leaves of Tea, he forthwith discover'd to the multitudes of his disciples, together with the way of using them. After this manner it was, as the Japanese pretend, that this singular Plant, which for its great virtues can never be sufficiently commended, came first in use. And hence likewise it is, that since as yet it hath no settled character in the language of the learned, some have thought fit to express it by the Eyebrows of Darma. I have added the picture of this illustrious Saint, (Fig. 139) who is held in great veneration among the Heathen Nations in these Eastern parts of the world, with a reed under his feet, on which he is said to have travell'd over seas and rivers. Thus much concerning the name of this Plant. Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court
    13.11.2017
    A particular sort of Tea, which is call'd Udsi Tsjaa, which I proceed now to give a more accurate account of, lest any thing should be omitted in my proposed history of this shrub. Udsi is a small town situate in a district of the same name, not far from the sea-coasts on one side, and from Miaco the capital City and Residence of the Ecclesiastical Hereditary Emperor of Japan, on the other. The climate of this place hath been observed to be, beyond others, favourable for the culture of the Tea shrub: Hence it is, that the Tea brought from thence is reckon'd the best in the Country. All the Tea which is drank at the Emperor's court, and in the Imperial family, is cultivated on a mountain of the same name with the town, and seated in the same district, which on this very account is become particularly famous. The chief Purveyor of Tea at the Imperial court hath also the inspection of this mountain, whither he sends his deputies to take care both of the culture of the shrub, and of the gathering and preparation of the leaves. The mountain itself is very pleasant to behold, and surrounded with a broad ditch to keep off men and beasts. The shrubs are planted as it were in walks, which are swept and clean'd every day, as well as the shrubs themselves, the keepers being obliged to take particular care, that no dirt be thrown on the leaves, for which reason also, and for a farther security, the shrubs are in several places inclosed with hedges. When the time of gathering the leaves draws near, and at least two or three weeks before, the persons who are to gather them must abstain from eating of fish, or any unclean food, lest, by the impurity of their breath, they should stain the leaves, and injure their goodness: So long as the gathering lasts, they must wash themselves twice or thrice a day, either in a hot bath, or in the river: Nor are they suffer'd to touch the leaves with their bare hands, but must pluck them with gloves on. The leaves being gather'd and prepared according to art, are put into paper bags, and these into larger earthen or porcellane pots, which, for the better preservation of the leaves, are fill'd with common Tea. Being thus pack'd up, the chief Surveyor of the works sends them up to court under a good guard, and with a numerous attendance, all out of respect for the supreme majesty of the Emperor. Hence arises the great price of this Imperial Tea, for computing all the charges of cultivating, gathering, preparing and sending it up to Court, one Kin or Catti amounts to no less than thirty or forty Siumome, or Thails, that is, forty-two or fifty-six crowns, or ounces of silver. Nay the chief Purveyor of Tea, in the accounts he lays before the Imperial Exchequer, is not ashamed to bring in the price of some of this Tea at one Obani, which is a gold coin worth about an hundred ounces of silver, and sometimes at an hundred Thails, or one hundred and forty ounces of silver. This will appear the less surprizing, if it be consider'd, that sometimes one pot of this Tea, containing no more than three or four Catti's, is sent up to Court with near two hundred people to attend it. In our audience at Court, as it is customary to treat us with Tea, I remember that one of the gentlemen then in waiting presented a dish to me, with the following compliment: Drink heartily, and with pleasure, for one dish costs one Itzebo. An Itzebo is a square gold coin, worth about one of our ducats, and a fourth part, (or about twelve or thirteen shillings English.) Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves
    13.11.2017
    At the proper time for gathering the leaves, those persons, who have a great many shrubs, hire daily labourers, who make it their particular business, and are very dextrous at it. For as the leaves must not be tore off by handfuls, but carefully pluck'd, one by one, their own domesticks, not being used to this work, would scarce be able to gather three Catti's a man in a day's time, whereas these people, who are bred up to it, and must get their livelihood by it, will bring it to nine or ten. The leaves are not gather'd all at once, but at different times. Those who pluck their shrubs thrice a year, begin their first gathering towards the latter end of the month Songuats, which is the first month of the Japanese year, and begins with the new moon next preceding the Spring Equinox, whether it falls upon the latter end of February, or the beginning of March. The shrub then bears but a few leaves, which are very tender and young, and not yet fully open'd as being scarce above two or three days growth. But these small and tender leaves are also reckoned the best of all, and because of their scarcity and price disposed of only to Princes and rich people, for which reason they are call'd Imperial Tea, and by some the flower of Tea. (I cannot but take notice in this place of a mistake of some authors, who asserted, that the petala of the flowers are gathered by the Japanese, and made use of in the very same manner as the leaves of the Plant itself: I found this upon enquiry to be absolutely false, and take the error to be owing either to the ignorance of travellers, or to a wrong application of the name of Tea flower, which, as I just now observ'd, hath been given to this particular and scarce sort of Tea.) The Theh Buu of the Chinese belongs to this same Class, I mean that true and good one, which is scarce and dear even in the Country. The second gathering, (and the first of those who gather but twice a year) is made in the second Japanese month, about the latter end of March, or the beginning of April: some of the leaves are then already come to perfection, others are but half grown, both are pluck'd off promiscuously, though afterwards, before they make them undergo the usual preparation, care is taken to sort them into Classes, according to their size and goodness. The leaves of this second gathering, which are not full grown, come nearest to those of the first gathering, for which they are frequently sold, and on this account separated with care from the coarser and larger ones The third (and second of others) and last gathering, which is also the most plentiful, is made in the third Japanese month, when the leaves are come to their full growth, both in number and largeness. Some neglect the two former gatherings, and entirely confine themselves to this. The leaves of this gathering are sorted again, according to their size and goodness, into different classes, which the Japanese call Itziban, Niban and Sanban, that is, the first, second and third, the last of which contains the coarsest leaves of all, which are full two months grown, and are the Tea commonly drank by the vulgar. Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea
    13.11.2017
    Hence arises the distinction between the three chief sorts of Tea. The first sort contains only the youngest and tenderest leaves, or the very first buds. This sort, after it hath undergone a due preparation, is call'd Ficki Tsjaa, that is, ground Tea, because by grinding it is reduced into a powder, which they sip in hot water. The same sort is also call'd, Udsi Tsjaa, and Tacke Sacki Tsjaa, from some particular places, where it grows, and this is reckon'd preferable to others, partly for the goodness of the soil in those places, partly because it is gathered on shrubs of three years growth, when they are reputed to be in their greatest perfection. For it must be observed, that both the soil and age of the shrub contribute greatly towards the goodness, as well as the growth and largeness of the leaves, though as to the largeness, that cannot be always allowed a sufficient proof of their goodness, unless they be both large and tender, in so much as the oldest and coarsest are also the largest. I have already observed, that the Theh Buu of the Chinese is the same with this. The leaves of the second sort are somewhat older, and fuller grown than those of the first. This is call'd Tootsjaa, that is, Chinese Thea, because it is prepared after the Chinese manner. The Tea booth-keepers and Tea-merchants in Japan commonly subdivide this sort into four others, which differ both in their goodness and price. The first of these contains those leaves which are gather'd at the beginning of the spring, just when they appear, and when every young branch bears but two or three, and those generally not yet open, nor come to perfection. A Kin, foreigners call it a Catti, or a Dutch pound and a quarter of this sort, prepared, costs in Japan, if I, being a foreigner, was not misinform'd, a Siumome and more, or as foreigners call it, a Thail and more, or from ten to twelve silver Maas, that is from seventy to fourscore and four Dutch stuyvers, every Maas being reckon'd at seven stuyvers. The second sort contains older leaves, and fuller grown, which are gather'd not long after the first: A Catti of these comes to six or seven Maas of silver in the Country. The leaves of the third sort are still larger and older, and one Catti of these is sold for four or five Maas of silver. The greatest quantity of Tea, which is imported from China into Europe, and is sold in Holland for five, six or seven Gilders a pound, is of this third sort. The leaves, which make up the fourth sort, are gather'd promiscuously, and without regard to their size and goodness, at that time when every young branch is conjectur'd to bear about ten or fifteen leaves at farthest. A Catti of these comes to three Maas of silver, at which price it is sold by those people who cry it about the streets, it being that sort which the generality of the natives commonly drink. It must be observed, that the leaves, so long as they continue on the shrub, are subject to frequent and very quick changes, both with regard to their largeness and goodness, and that, if the proper time for gathering be neglected, they may in one night's time become worse by a great deal: But to proceed. The third chief sort is call'd Ban Tsjaa. The leaves of the third and last gathering belong to this sort, when they are become too gross and course, and unfit to be prepared after the Chinese manner, (that is, to be dried in pans over the fire and curled.) These are design'd for the use of the vulgar, labourers and country people, no matter how prepared. The virtues are more fix'd in the gross leaves of this third sort, and will not be easily lost, neither by their lying exposed to the air, nor by being boil'd, whereas on the contrary the leaves of all the former sorts, by reason of the extreme volatility of those parts wherein their virtues consist, cannot, without considerable prejudice, lie exposed to the air any time, or undergo even a simple decoction. Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan
    13.11.2017
    I proceed now to what relates to the culture of the Tea shrub, beginning from the first planting of the seed. And, in the first place, I must observe, that no particular gardens or fields are allow'd it by the natives, but that it is cultivated only round the edges and borders of their other fields, without any regard had to the soil. Nor are the seeds planted in one continued row, which would make them grow up into hedges, but at some distance from each other, lest the shrubs should come in time, by their shadow, to hurt the growth of the fields, or, by growing too close, prove a hindrance to the plucking of the leaves. The seeds, as they are contain'd in their seed-vessels, are put into four or five inches deep holes, six at least, and twelve at most, in one hole; which number is requisite, because there is scarce one in four or five, that will germinate, the greatest part being nought, or grown rank, which they do in a very short time. This, I mean the seeds being so very apt to rot, is the reason, why the planting of this shrub in Europe hath been hitherto attended with so little success. However, in order to raise it, which it would be better to do in Italy, Spain or Sicily, than in the colder parts of Europe, I would advise, to get it planted in the Country, where it naturally grows, and in large pots, fill'd with its native soil, and so to bring it over, it being a matter of no great difficulty afterwards to transplant the young branches and twigs at pleasure: But still it must be consider'd, that Plants brought over after this manner, will not, with equal success, propagate their kind in Europe, because in their passage through the hot Eastern ocean, they are very liable to be attack'd with a sort of consumption, or wasting, which makes them lose their vital strength, insomuch that their seeds will scarce ever come to be ripe and fit for planting. But to return to the manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan: As the shrub rises, careful and industrious people will fatten the soil, where it grows, once a year, with human dung, mix'd with earth, which is neglected by others. It must be, at least, of three years growth, before the leaves are fit to be pluck'd, which it then bears in plenty, and very good ones. In seven years time, or thereabouts, the shrub rises to a man's height; but as it then grows but slowly, and bears but a few leaves, the way is to cut it down quite to the stem, having first gathered what few leaves it did bear. The next year many young twigs and branches grow out of the remaining stem, which bear such a plenty of leaves, as will abundantly make good the loss of the former shrub. Some deferr the cutting of them down to the stem, till they are of ten years growth. Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japanese Tea: use of the tea
    13.11.2017
    The Tea, as it is taken inwardly, is prepared in two different ways. The first is used by the Chinese, and is nothing else but a simple infusion of the Tea-leaves in hot water, which is drank as soon as it hath drawn out the virtue of the Plant. The same way of drinking Tea hath been also introduced in Europe, and is now so well known to every body, that it is needless to add any thing about it. The other way, which is peculiar to the Japanese, is by grinding: The leaves are a day before they are used, or on the same day, reduced into a fine delicate powder, by grinding them in a hand-mill made of a black greenish stone, which is call'd Serpentine Stone. This powder is mix'd with hot water into a thin pulp, which is afterwards sip'd. This Tea is call'd Koitsjaa, that is, thick Tea, by way of distinction from the thinner Tea, made only by infusion, and it is that which all the rich people and great men in Japan daily drink. It is made and serv'd up in company after the following manner: The powder enclosed in a box, and the rest of the Tea-table furniture is brought into the room, where the company sits. Then all the dishes are fill'd with hot water, and the box being open'd, they take out, with a small neat spoon, about so much of the powder as would lay on the point of a pretty large knife, and put it into every dish: After this they mix and shake it with a curious denticulated instrument, till it foams, and so present it to be sip'd, whilst it is hot. There is still a third way of making the Tea by a perfect boiling, which goes farther than a simple infusion, and is used by the vulgar and Country people, who drink of it all day long. Early in the morning, and before sun-rise, one of the domesticks gets up, hangs the kettle over the fire, fills it with water, and puts in, either when the water is cold, or after it hath been made hot, two, three or more handfuls of the Bantsja leaves, according to the number of heads in the family. At the same time he puts in a basket, of that size and shape which exactly fits the inside of the kettle) by this means to keep the leaves down to the bottom, that they should be no hindrance in drawing of the water. This kettle is to serve for the whole family all day long, to quench their thirst. Every one, who hath a mind to drink, goes there, when he pleases, and with a pail takes out as much of the decoction, as he will. A bason of cold water is put by it, that in case people have not time to sip it leisurely, they may cool it to what degree they please, and quench their thirst without delay, by taking large draughts at once. Some leave the basket out, and instead of it put the leaves into a bag, which answers the same end. Only the Bantsja leaves must be boil'd after this manner, because their virtues are more fix'd, and consisting chiefly in the resinous parts could not be well extracted by a simple infusion. It is a particular art to make the Tea, and to serve it in company, which however consists more in certain decent and agreeable manners, than in any difficulty as to the boiling or preparation. This art is call'd Sado and Tsianoi. As there are people in Europe, who teach to carve, to dance, to fence, and other things of the like nature, so there are masters in Japan, who make it their business to teach children of both sexes, what they call Tsianosi, that is, to behave well, when in company with Tea-drinkers, and also to make the Tea, and to present it in company, with a genteel becoming and graceful manner. Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Japan: paper manufactures of the Japanese
    13.11.2017
    The Paper is made in Japan of the bark of the Morus Papyrifera Sativa, or true Paper-tree, after the following manner. Every year, when the leaves are fallen off, or in the tenth Japanese month, which commonly answers to our December, the young shoots, which are very fat, are cut off into three foot long, or shorter sticks, and put together in bundles to be afterwards boiled with water and ashes. If they should grow dry before they can be boil'd, they must be first soak'd in common water for about four and twenty hours, and then boil'd. These bundles, or faggots, are tied close together, and put upright into a large and spacious kettle, which must be well cover'd, and then they are boil'd, till the bark shrinks so far, as to let about half an inch of the wood appear naked at the top. When the sticks have been all sufficiently boiled, they are taken out of the water and exposed to the air, till they grow cold, then they are slit open lengthways for the bark to be taken off, which being done, the wood is thrown away as useless, but the bark dried, and carefully preserved, as being the substance out of which they are in time to make their Paper, by letting it undergo a farther preparation, consisting in cleansing it anew, and afterwards picking out the better from the worse. In order to this, it is soak'd in water for three or four hours, and being grown soft, the blackish skin which covers it, is scraped off, together with the green surface of what remains, which is done with a knife, which they call Kaadsi Kusaggi, that is, a Kaadsi Razor. At the same time also the stronger bark, which is of full a year's growth, is separated from the thinner, which cover'd the younger branches, the former yielding the best and whitest Paper, the latter only a dark and indifferent sort. If there is any bark of more than a year's growth mix'd with the rest, it is likewise pick'd out and laid aside, as yielding a coarser and worse sort of Paper. All gross, knotty particles, and whatever else looks in the least faulty and discolour'd, is pick'd out at the same time, to be kept with the last coarse matter. After the bark hath been sufficiently cleansed and prepared, and sorted according to its differing degrees of goodness, it must be boiled in clear lye. As soon as it comes to boil, and all the while they keep it on the fire, they are perpetually stirring it with a strong reed, pouring from time to time so much fresh lye in, as is necessary to quench the evaporation, and to supply what hath been already lost by it. This boiling must be continued till the matter is grown so thin, that being but slightly touched with the finger, it will dissolve and separate into flocks and fibres. Their lye is made of any sort of ashes in the following manner: Two pieces of wood are laid across over a tub, and cover'd with straw, on which they lay wet ashes, and then pour boiling hot water upon it, which as it runs through the straw into the tub underneath, is imbued with the saline particles of the ashes, and makes what they call lye. After the boiling of the bark, as above described, follows the washing thereof. This is a business of no small consequence in Paper-making, and must be managed with great judgment and attention. If it hath not been washed long enough, the Paper will be strong indeed, and of a good body, but coarse, and of little value. If on the contrary, the washing hath been continued too long, it will afford, 'tis true, a whiter Paper, but too greasy, blotting and unfit for writing. This part of Paper-making therefore, if any, must be managed with great care and judgment, so as to keep to a middle degree, and to avoid either extreme. They wash it in a river, putting the bark into a sort of a fan or sieve, which will let the water run through, and stirring it continually with the hands and arms, till it comes to be diluted into a delicate, soft wool, or down. For the finer sort of Paper the washing must be repeated, but the bark put in a piece of linnen instead of a sieve, because the longer the washing is continued, the more the bark is divided, and would come at last to be so thin and minute, that it would run out through the holes of the sieve, and be lost. At the same time also, what hard knots or flocks, and other heterogeneous useless particles remain, must be carefully pick'd out, and put up with a coarser sort of bark for worse Paper. The bark having been sufficiently and thoroughly washed, is put upon a thick smooth wooden table, in order to its being beat with sticks of the hard Kusnoki wood, which is commonly done by two or three people, until it is wrought fine enough, and becomes withal so thin as to resemble a pulp of soak'd Paper, which being put into water, will dissolve and disperse like meal. The bark being thus prepared, is put into a narrow tub, with the fat slimy infusion of rice, and the infusion of the Oreni root, which is likewise very slimy and mucous. These three things being put together, must be stirred with a thin, clean reed, till they are throughly mixed in an uniform liquid substance of a good consistence. This succeeds better in a narrow tub. But afterwards the mixture is put into a larger one, call'd in their language Fine, which is not unlike those made use of in our Paper-mills. Out of this tub the leaves are taken off, one by one, on proper patterns, made of bulrushes, instead of brass wire, and called Mijs. Nothing remains now but a proper management in drying of them. In order to this, they are laid up in heaps upon a table cover'd with a double mat, and a small piece of reed, (which they call Kamakura, that is, a cushion) is put between every leave, which standing out a little way serves in time to lift them up conveniently, and take them off singly. Every heap is covered with a small plank or board of the same shape and size with the Paper, on which are laid weights, first indeed small ones, lest the leaves, being then as yet very wet and tender, should be pressed together into one lump, but by degrees more and heavier, to press and squeeze out all the water. The next day the weights are taken off, the leaves lifted up one by one, by the help of the small stick abovementioned, and with the palm of the hand clapt to long rough planks made for this purpose, which they will easily stick to, because of the little humidity still remaining. After this manner they are exposed to the sun, and when full dry, taken off, laid up in heaps, pared round, and so kept for use, or sale. I took notice that the infusion of rice, with a gentle friction, is necessary for this operation, because of its white colour, and a certain clammy fatness, which at once gives the Paper a good consistence, and pleasing whiteness. The simple infusion of riceflower would not do it, because it wants that clamminess, which however is a very necessary quality. The infusion, I speak of, is made in an unglazed earthen pot, wherein the rice grains are soak'd in water, and the pot afterwards shaken, gently at first, but stronger by degrees. At last fresh cold water is poured upon it, and the whole percolated through a piece of linnen. The remainder must undergo the same operation again, fresh water being put to it, and this is repeated so long as there is any clamminess remaining in the rice. The Japanese rice is by much the best for this purpose, as being the whitest and fattest sort growing in Asia. Read more: Japanese Tea: history of Darma Japanese Tea: manner of cultivating the Tea in Japan Japanese Tea: gathering of the tea leaves Japanese Tea: chief different sorts of tea Japanese Tea: tea for the Emperor's court Japanese Tea: use of the tea Source: Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan, London 1727 Photo: Ukiyo-e print, internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration
    12.11.2017
    Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future 1. We, the Leaders of APEC, gathered in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the theme Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, determined to take bolder and sustained collective actions to inject new dynamism into APEC cooperation to promote sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, deepen regional economic integration, realize the full potential of the business sector, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture. 2. A quarter-century after the first APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, APEC has proven to be the premier economic forum in the Asia-Pacific, a driver of economic growth and integration, an incubator of ideas for future economic cooperation, a coordinating mechanism of trade agreements, and a global leader in addressing pressing problems. For nearly three decades, APEC has contributed to sustaining growth and advancing economic integration in the Asia- Pacific region, a process that has created millions of jobs and lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. 3. We meet at a time when the regional and global landscapes have experienced complex and fundamental shifts, coupled with the emergence of far-reaching challenges and opportunities. Regional and global economic recovery is on firmer footing, but medium and long-term risks remain. The Fourth Industrial Revolution and advancements in technology are altering the nature of work, transforming our societies and the ways we connect and interact. Trade and investment have brought unprecedented prosperity to the Asia-Pacific region, but serious challenges persist. 4. We, therefore, recommit to our common purpose – to foster a shared future of a peaceful, stable, dynamic, inter-connected and prosperous Asia-Pacific community. We reaffirm our support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as a framework for inclusive growth. 5. We reaffirm our long-standing commitment to APEC’s mission of supporting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Recognizing the significant challenges our economies face, we pledge to work together and take the following actions: I. Promoting Innovative Growth, Inclusion and Sustainable Employment Quality Growth, Structural Reform and Innovation 6. We reaffirm our aspirations towards balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative, and secure growth in the APEC region through monetary, fiscal and structural policies, individually and collectively, and highlight the importance of achieving quality growth. 7. We underscore that structural reform, including competition policy, ease of doing business, regulatory reform, strengthening economic and legal infrastructure, corporate and public sector governance, and promoting human capital development, is key to balanced, sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, job creation, productivity and competitiveness. We reaffirm our commitment to foster integrity in the public and private sectors and fighting corruption and bribery, and denying safe havens for corrupt officials and stolen assets. We instruct economic and finance officials to work jointly on the 2018 APEC Economic Policy Report on Structural Reform and Infrastructure. 2 8. We emphasize the importance of innovation, science and technology as key drivers for economic growth and international trade and investment in the APEC region. We recognize the vital importance of continuing to work for quality and equitable education to enable people of all ages to meet the challenges of rapid changes in today’s world. We commit to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and the pursuit of STEM-based entrepreneurship. 9. We resolve to enhance energy security to sustain economic growth in the APEC region. We encourage the facilitation of energy-related trade and investment, enhancement of access to affordable and reliable energy, and promotion of sustainable, efficient, and clean energy sources, which, in particular, would contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. 10. We note the need for urbanization to be people-oriented, sound and sustainable and encourage knowledge sharing and policy exchange in this area. Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion in a Globalized World 11. Recognizing new opportunities and emerging challenges presented by globalization and digital transformation, we resolve to advance economic, financial and social inclusion, with a vision to build an inclusive, accessible, sustainable, healthy and resilient APEC community by 2030, consistent with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We endorse the APEC Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion (Annex A) to guide our efforts moving forward. We commit to advance progress towards achieving full, productive and quality employment and equal pay for equal work; ensure access to banking, insurance and financial services, and increase financial literacy and capability of all to access finance; and progressively achieve and sustain income growth for all members of society, especially women, and youth, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, and enable them to seize global opportunities. We encourage APEC economies to invest in their health systems to increase productivity and economic growth. 12. Acknowledging that greater economic participation by women spurs economic growth, we encourage economies and the private sector to implement initiatives that enhance women’s economic empowerment, improve women’s access to capital, assets and markets, increase women’s participation in high-growth and high-wage sectors, and promote women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, skills and competencies. Quality Human Resources Development in the Digital Age 13. We place importance on the need to prepare our people and all workers, especially vulnerable groups, for the changing world of work. We endorse the APEC Framework on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age (Annex B). We are committed to strengthening human resources development, including through education and life-long learning, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and up- and re-skilling to increase workers’ employability, mobility and preparedness for the digital age; and ensure that active labor market policies can better match the needs of the labor market with various aspects of skills training and development. II. Creating New Drivers for Regional Economic Integration Advancing Free and Open Trade and Investment 14. We commit to attaining the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment in the AsiaPacific region. We agree to accelerate efforts to address WTO-inconsistent barriers to trade and investment and take concrete actions towards the achievement of the Bogor Goals by 2020. We also note the importance of non-discriminatory, reciprocal and mutually advantageous trade and investment frameworks. We will work together to make trade more inclusive, support improved market access opportunities, and address unfair trade practices. We urgently call for the removal of market-distorting subsidies and other types of support by governments and related entities. 15. We are committed to carrying out further actions to promote an enabling and conducive environment for investment in the Asia-Pacific region. 16. We will work together to realize the potential of the internet and digital economy, including through appropriate regulatory and policy frameworks, and taking into account fair competition to encourage investment and innovation. We welcome the adoption of the APEC Internet and Digital Economy Roadmap and the APEC Framework on Cross-border Ecommerce Facilitation. We will consider actions to facilitate the development of the internet and digital economy, including e-commerce and digital trade. 17. We are committed to further actions to increase APEC's competitiveness in the services sector by 2025 and intensifying our efforts to address barriers that inhibit our businesses from competing or trading in services markets. Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) 18. We reaffirm our commitment to advance in a comprehensive and systematic manner the process toward the eventual realization of an FTAAP to further APEC’s regional economic integration agenda. We commend the efforts of economies to advance work related to the eventual realization of an FTAAP, including capacity building initiatives and information sharing mechanism. We encourage economies to make further progress and to develop work programs to enhance APEC economies’ ability to participate in high quality, comprehensive free trade agreement negotiations in the future. Multilateral Trading System 19. We welcome the entry into force of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and call for its full implementation, recognizing that it helps bring about meaningful and widespread benefits for all economies and businesses. We commit to work with other members of the WTO towards a successful 11th WTO Ministerial Conference. 20. We underline APEC’s crucial role in support of a rules-based, free, open, fair, transparent, and inclusive multilateral trading system. We commit to work together to improve the functioning of the WTO, including its negotiating, monitoring, and dispute settlement functions, to adequately address challenges facing the system, bringing benefits to all of our people and businesses. We will work to ensure the effective and timely enforcement of the WTO rules. 21. We note the importance of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements, and commit to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements. 22. We will strive for a climate conducive to investment and job creation. We will work to ensure a level playing field through continuing APEC’s leadership in pursuing open markets. We recall our pledge to extend our standstill commitment until the end of 2020 and recommit to fight protectionism, including all unfair trade practices, recognizing the role of legitimate trade defence instruments. Fostering Regional and Sub-regional Comprehensive and Inclusive Connectivity 23. We reaffirm our commitment to build a seamless and comprehensively connected and integrated Asia-Pacific by 2025. In this regard, we welcome economies’ efforts in promoting cooperation to advance policy collaboration, trade facilitation, connectivity, financing, and people-to-people exchanges. We reiterate the importance of quality infrastructure for sustainable economic growth and pledge to promote infrastructure in terms of both quantity and quality through adequate investment and strengthened public-private partnership. We encourage further collaboration and synergy among various connectivity initiatives and work on advancing economic development and integration of sub-regional, rural and remote areas in the region, including efforts to develop safe, secure, resilient, efficient, affordable and sustainable transportation systems. 24. We underline the need to develop policies that take full advantage of global value chains. We encourage further actions to enable better participation, greater value added and upward mobility of developing economies and MSMEs in GVCs. We appreciate initiatives such as Asia-Pacific Model E-port Network and APEC Green Supply Chain Network and their positive contribution to supply chain connectivity. 25. We commit to promote sustainable tourism, and explore its potential for development in remote areas as an important part of APEC economic growth strategies and enhanced people-to-people connectivity. We are determined to reach the target of 800 million APEC tourist arrivals by 2025. 26. We express concern over the growing threat of terrorism in the APEC region, which stems from ISIL, Al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations, and is exacerbated by the cross-border travel of foreign terrorist fighters and emerging sources and channels of terrorist financing. APEC economies commit to continually and effectively respond to the terrorist challenges in the region and their economic impact, as guided by APEC’s strategy to secure supply chains, travel, finance, and infrastructure. 27. As the Asia-Pacific is highly exposed to natural disasters, we commit to strengthen cooperation, including with the private sector, to enhance resilience to disasters through effective mitigation, preparedness, disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts. This includes advancement in policy, innovation, science and technology, business continuity planning, early warning systems, and search and rescue. We underline the importance of financial instruments and policies against disaster risks. III. Strengthening the Capacity and Innovation of MSMEs 28. We commit to strengthen the ability of MSMEs to compete in international markets and participate in global value chains through the following actions: • Increase MSME’s innovation capacities, including by facilitating their access to finance, technology and capacity building, especially for women and youth-led businesses; • Improve access to the internet and digital infrastructure; • Enhance MSMEs digital capabilities, competitiveness and resilience; • Create an enabling environment for MSMEs, including by promoting business ethics; and • Support start-ups through establishing an innovative start-up ecosystem with conducive regulatory frameworks that promote a business-friendly environment, ensuring access to resources, and building start-up networks and partnership. 29. Acknowledging efforts to promote supporting industries, we encourage economies to enhance competitiveness and facilitate industries’ participation in global value chains. 30. We welcome the endorsement of the APEC Strategy for Green, Sustainable and Innovative MSMEs. IV. Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change 31. We underscore that APEC can play a key role in ensuring food security and sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, particularly in the context of climate change and rural-urban development. We reiterate our commitment to achieve a sustainable APEC food system by 2020. We welcome the adoption of the Food Security and Climate Change Multi-Year Action Plan 2018-2020. We urge economies to work together to promote sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries to assess and reduce food loss and waste, enhance food safety, agricultural productivity and resilience against climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, where appropriate. 32. We commit to take actions to enhance regional food markets, food standards and supply chain connectivity to reduce costs of food trade, improve market transparency and help both importing and exporting economies adapt to food price volatility. We recognize that APEC can contribute to addressing challenges to food security, including by taking steps to integrate food producers into domestic and global food supply and value chains, address chokepoints arising from infrastructure gaps, and burdensome and unnecessarily restrictive trade measures. We underscore the need for an enabling policy and regulatory environment to facilitate investment in rural infrastructure, logistics and agro-industry to improve the connectivity of food markets. We support public-private partnerships on strengthening ruralurban development at the economy and regional levels. We welcome the adoption of the APEC Action Plan on Rural-Urban Development to Strengthen Food Security and Quality Growth. 33. We reaffirm our commitment to promote sustainable management of natural resources in achieving sustainable food security and higher productivity of the agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries sectors. We commit to continue to foster APEC cooperation on sustainable use and integrated management of land, forest, marine and water resources, through transboundary cooperation and collective efforts. V. Fostering a Shared Future 34. We appreciate deliberations on APEC toward 2020 and beyond that started in Peru in 2016 and furthered in Viet Nam, as the Bogor Goals target date approaches and APEC is about to enter its fourth decade. We look forward to APEC intensifying efforts to achieve free and open trade and investment in the region by 2020 and setting a strategic, aspirational and action-oriented vision for its future. 35. We reaffirm our enduring commitment to underwrite dynamism, inclusiveness and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and to build a responsive, responsible and people- and businesscentered APEC toward a shared future – resilient to challenges and accountable to its businesses, workers and people. We pledge to uphold the Asia-Pacific partnership based on mutual respect and trust, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation. We recognize APEC’s contribution toward achieving sustainable development. We further encourage the participation of relevant stakeholders in APEC cooperation so that cooperation achievements can benefit larger population across the Asia-Pacific. 36. We are committed to carrying out further concerted actions to maintain APEC as a key driver of regional and global economic growth and integration and a major contributor to the regional economic architecture. We welcome members’ initiatives that promote trade and investment in the region. In an increasingly interconnected world, we pledge to enhance synergy and complementarities with other regional and international institutions and fora. In this connection, we congratulate the ASEAN on its 50th Anniversary and commend its contributions to regional development and prosperity. We will strengthen APEC's global leadership in addressing the most pressing economic challenges. 37. We welcome the establishment of the APEC Vision Group to assist Senior Officials in shaping the post-2020 Vision, including through consultations with relevant stakeholders. This Vision would build upon past achievements, addresses unfinished business, and explore new areas of cooperation to better respond to new and emerging challenges and pressing issues in the coming decades. 38. We highlight the importance and welcome the contribution of capacity building efforts by member economies. In this regard, we note with appreciation new initiatives, including the establishment of the Women and the Economy Sub-fund, and encourage more contributions, especially untied contributions. 39. We thank Viet Nam for its leadership this year, eleven years after its first hosting of APEC, in advancing the APEC process built on the vision and work of the previous APEC hosts. We look forward to meeting again in Papua New Guinea in 2018. Source: www.apec.org Date: November 11, 2017 ××××× APEC 2017 APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council - 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • APEC 2017: overview of the XXV summit
    11.11.2017
    The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting ended in Danang. First day of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting The first day of the 25th APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting in Danang concluded with a gala reception given by the President of Vietnam in honour of APEC economic leaders. The President of Russia took part in meetings of the APEC economic leaders with members of the APEC Business Advisory Council and with heads of ASEAN delegations. In addition, Vladimir Putin held bilateral meetings on the forum’s sidelines with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping. The forum will continue on November 11. The participants plan to adopt a Joint Declaration of the Leaders on the basis of its results. Second day of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting On the second day of the Meeting, the APEC leaders reviewed the prospects for the global economy with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde. During the business breakfast, a discussion was held on establishing an Asia-Pacific free trade zone and a possible expansion of the APEC membership. The final meeting focused on investments and new driving forces in international trade. A joint declaration on the results of the forum was approved. The 2017 APEC economic leaders assessed the current regional and global economic situation, agreed on the ways to deepen cooperation, identified a number of tasks for next year. In addition, the President of Russia had a conversation with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Meeting. The two leaders approved a joint statement on Syria. Source: President of Russia http://en.kremlin.ru Date: November 10-11, 2017 ××××× APEC 2017 Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council - 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam
    11.11.2017
    PRESIDENT TRUMP: What an honor it is to be here in Vietnam - in the very heart of the Indo-Pacific - to address the people and business leaders of this region. This has already been a remarkable week for the United States in this wonderful part of the world. Starting from Hawaii, Melania and I traveled to Japan, South Korea, and China, and now to Vietnam, to be here with all of you today. Before we begin, I want to address all those affected by Typhoon Damrey. Americans are praying for you and for your recovery in the months ahead. Our hearts are united with the Vietnamese people suffering in the aftermath of this terrible storm. This trip comes at an exciting time for America. A new optimism has swept all across our country. Economic growth has reached 3.2 percent, and going higher. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. The stock market is at an all-time high. And the whole world is lifted by America’s renewal. Everywhere I’ve traveled on this journey, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the good news from America. But even more, I've had the honor of sharing our vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific -- a place where sovereign and independent nations, with diverse cultures and many different dreams, can all prosper side-by-side, and thrive in freedom and in peace. I am so thrilled to be here today at APEC, because this organization was founded to help achieve that very purpose. America stands as a proud member of the community of nations who make a home on the Pacific. We have been an active partner in this region since we first won independence ourselves. In 1784, the first American ship sailed to China from the newly independent United States. It went loaded with goods to sell in Asia, and it came back full of porcelain and tea. Our first president, George Washington himself, owned a set of tableware from that ship. In 1804, Thomas Jefferson sent the explorers, Lewis and Clark, on an expedition to our Pacific Coast. They were the first of the millions of Americans who ventured west to live out America’s manifest destiny across our vast continent. In 1817, our Congress approved the first full-time Pacific development [deployment] of an American warship. That initial naval presence soon grew into a squadron, and then a fleet, to guarantee freedom of navigation for the growing number of ships, braving the high seas to reach markets in the Philippines, Singapore, and in India. In 1818, we began our relationship with the Kingdom of Thailand, and 15 years later our two countries signed a treaty of friendship and commerce -- our first with an Asian nation. In the next century, when imperialist powers threatened this region, the United States pushed back at great cost to ourselves. We understood that security and prosperity depended on it. We have been friends, partners, and allies in the Indo-Pacific for a long, long time, and we will be friends, partners, and allies for a long time to come. As old friends in the region, no one has been more delighted than America to witness, to help, and to share in the extraordinary progress you have made over the last half-century. What the countries and economies represented here today have built in this part of the world is nothing short of miraculous. The story of this region in recent decades is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future. Few would have imagined just a generation ago that leaders of these nations would come together here in Da Nang to deepen our friendships, expand our partnerships, and celebrate the amazing achievements of our people. This city was once home to an American military base, in a country where many Americans and Vietnamese lost their lives in a very bloody war. Today, we are no longer enemies; we are friends. And this port city is bustling with ships from around the world. Engineering marvels, like the Dragon Bridge, welcome the millions who come to visit Da Nang’s stunning beaches, shining lights, and ancient charms. In the early 1990s, nearly half of Vietnam survived on just a few dollars a day, and one in four did not have any electricity. Today, an opening Vietnamese economy is one of the fastest-growing economies on Earth. It has already increased more than 30 times over, and the Vietnamese students rank among the best students in the world. (Applause.) And that is very impressive. This is the same story of incredible transformation that we have seen across the region. Indonesians for decades have been building domestic and democratic institutions to govern their vast chain of more than 13,000 islands. Since the 1990s, Indonesia’s people have lifted themselves from poverty to become one of the fastest-growing nations of the G20. Today, it is the third-largest democracy on Earth. The Philippines has emerged as a proud nation of strong and devout families. For 11 consecutive years, the World Economic Forum has ranked the Philippines first among Asian countries in closing the gender gap and embracing women leaders in business and in politics. (Applause.) Kingdom of Thailand has become an upper middle-income country in less than a generation. Its majestic capital of Bangkok is now the most visited city on Earth. And that is very impressive. Not too many people here are from Thailand. (Applause.) Malaysia has rapidly developed through recent decades, and it is now ranked as one of the best places in the world to do business. In Singapore, citizens born to parents who survived on $500 dollars a day [year] are now among the highest earners in the world -- a transformation made possible by the vision of Lee Kwan Yew’s vision of honest governance and the rule of law. (Applause.) And his great son is now doing an amazing job. As I recently observed in South Korea, the people of that Republic took a poor country ravaged by war, and in just a few decades turned it into one of the wealthiest democracies on Earth. Today, South Koreans enjoy higher incomes than the citizens of many European Union countries. It was great spending time with President Moon. Everyone knows of China’s impressive achievements over the past several decades. During this period -- and it was a period of great market reforms -- large parts of China experienced rapid economic growth, jobs boomed, and more than 800 million citizens rose out of poverty. I just left China this morning and had a really productive meeting and a wonderful time with our gracious host, President Xi. And, as I saw on my first stop of this trip, in Japan we see a dynamic democracy in a land of industrial, technological, and cultural wonders. In fewer than 60 years, that island nation has produced 24 Nobel Prize winners for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and the promotion of peace. (Applause.) President Abe and I agree on so much. In the broader region, countries outside of APEC are also making great strides in this new chapter for the Indo-Pacific. India is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence. It is a sovereign democracy, as well as -- think of this -- over 1 billion people. It's the largest democracy in the world. (Applause.) Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunity for its expanding middle class. And Prime Minister Modi has been working to bring that vast country, and all of its people, together as one. And he is working at it very, very successfully, indeed. As we can see, in more and more places throughout this region, citizens of sovereign and independent nations have taken greater control of their destinies and unlocked the potential of their people. They’ve pursued visions of justice and accountability, promoted private property and the rule of law, and embraced systems that value hard work and individual enterprise. They built businesses, they built cities, they built entire countries from the ground up. Many of you in this room have taken part in these great, uplifting national projects of building. They have been your projects from inception to completion, from dreams to reality. With your help, this entire region has emerged -- and it is still emerging -- as a beautiful constellation of nations, each its own bright star, satellites to none -- and each one, a people, a culture, a way of life, and a home. Those of you who have lived through these transformations understand better than anyone the value of what you have achieved. You also understand that your home is your legacy, and you must always protect it. In the process of your economic development, you’ve sought commerce and trade with other nations, and forged partnerships based on mutual respect and directed toward mutual gain. Today, I am here to offer a renewed partnership with America to work together to strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce between all of the nations of the Indo-Pacific, and together, to promote our prosperity and security. At the core of this partnership, we seek robust trade relationships rooted in the principles of fairness and reciprocity. When the United States enters into a trading relationship with other countries or other peoples, we will, from now on, expect that our partners will faithfully follow the rules just like we do. We expect that markets will be open to an equal degree on both sides, and that private industry, not government planners, will direct investment. Unfortunately, for too long and in too many places, the opposite has happened. For many years, the United States systematically opened our economy with few conditions. We lowered or ended tariffs, reduced trade barriers, and allowed foreign goods to flow freely into our country. But while we lowered market barriers, other countries didn’t open their markets to us. AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.) PRESIDENT TRUMP: Funny. They must have been one of the beneficiaries. (Applause.) What country do you come from, sir? Countries were embraced by the World Trade Organization, even if they did not abide by its stated principles. Simply put, we have not been treated fairly by the World Trade Organization. Organizations like the WTO can only function properly when all members follow the rules and respect the sovereign rights of every member. We cannot achieve open markets if we do not ensure fair market access. In the end, unfair trade undermines us all. The United States promoted private enterprise, innovation, and industry. Other countries used government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises. We adhered to WTO principles on protecting intellectual property and ensuring fair and equal market access. They engaged in product dumping, subsidized goods, currency manipulation, and predatory industrial policies. They ignored the rules to gain advantage over those who followed the rules, causing enormous distortions in commerce and threatening the foundations of international trade itself. Such practices, along with our collective failure to respond to them, hurt many people in our country and also in other countries. Jobs, factories, and industries were stripped out of the United States and out of many countries in addition. And many opportunities for mutually beneficial investments were lost because people could not trust the system. We can no longer tolerate these chronic trade abuses, and we will not tolerate them. Despite years of broken promises, we were told that someday soon everyone would behave fairly and responsibly. People in America and throughout the Indo-Pacific region have waited for that day to come. But it never has, and that is why I am here today -- to speak frankly about our challenges and work toward a brighter future for all of us. I recently had an excellent trip to China, where I spoke openly and directly with President Xi about China’s unfair trade practices and the enormous trade deficits they have produced with the United States. I expressed our strong desire to work with China to achieve a trading relationship that is conducted on a truly fair and equal basis. The current trade imbalance is not acceptable. I do not blame China or any other country, of which there are many, for taking advantage of the United States on trade. If their representatives are able to get away with it, they are just doing their jobs. I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it. They did not, but I will. From this day forward, we will compete on a fair and equal basis. We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first. (Applause.) The United States is prepared to work with each of the leaders in this room today to achieve mutually beneficial commerce that is in the interest of both your countries and mine. That is the message I am here to deliver. I will make bilateral trade agreements with any Indo-Pacific nation that wants to be our partner and that will abide by the principles of fair and reciprocal trade. What we will no longer do is enter into large agreements that tie our hands, surrender our sovereignty, and make meaningful enforcement practically impossible. Instead, we will deal on a basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit. We will respect your independence and your sovereignty. We want you to be strong, prosperous, and self-reliant, rooted in your history, and branching out toward the future. That is how we will thrive and grow together, in partnerships of real and lasting value. But for this -- and I call it the Indo-Pacific dream -- if it's going to be realized, we must ensure that all play by the rules, which they do not right now. Those who do will be our closest economic partners. Those who do not can be certain that the United States will no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating, or economic aggression. Those days are over. We will no longer tolerate the audacious theft of intellectual property. We will confront the destructive practices of forcing businesses to surrender their technology to the state, and forcing them into joint ventures in exchange for market access. We will address the massive subsidizing of industries through colossal state-owned enterprises that put private competitors out of business -- happening all the time. We will not remain silent as American companies are targeted by state-affiliated actors for economic gain, whether through cyberattacks, corporate espionage, or other anti-competitive practices. We will encourage all nations to speak out loudly when the principles of fairness and reciprocity are violated. We know it is in America’s interests to have partners throughout this region that are thriving, prosperous, and dependent on no one. We will not make decisions for the purpose of power or patronage. We will never ask our partners to surrender their sovereignty, privacy, and intellectual property, or to limit contracts to state-owned suppliers. We will find opportunities for our private sector to work with yours and to create jobs and wealth for us all. We seek strong partners, not weak partners. We seek strong neighbors, not weak neighbors. Above all, we seek friendship, and we don’t dream of domination. For this reason, we are also refocusing our existing development efforts. We are calling on the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to direct their efforts toward high-quality infrastructure investment that promotes economic growth. The United States will also do its part. We are also committed to reforming our development finance institutions so that they better incentivize private sector investment in your economies, and provide strong alternatives to state-directed initiatives that come with many strings attached. The United States has been reminded time and time again in recent years that economic security is not merely related to national security. Economic security is national security. It is vital -- (applause) -- to our national strength. We also know that we will not have lasting prosperity if we do not confront grave threats to security, sovereignty, and stability facing our world today. Earlier this week, I addressed the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea and urged every responsible nation to stand united in declaring that every single step the North Korean regime takes toward more weapons is a step it takes into greater and greater danger. The future of this region and its beautiful people must not be held hostage to a dictator’s twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail. In addition, we must uphold principles that have benefitted all of us, like respect for the rule of law -- (applause) -- individual rights, and freedom of navigation and overflight, including open shipping lanes. Three principles and these principles -- (applause) -- create stability and build trust, security, and prosperity among like-minded nations. We must also deal decisively with other threats to our security and the future of our children, such as criminal cartels, human smuggling, drugs, corruption, cybercrime, and territorial expansion. As I have said many times before: All civilized people must come together to drive out terrorists and extremists from our societies, stripping them of funding, territory, and ideological support. We must stop radical Islamic terrorism. So let us work together for a peaceful, prosperous, and free Indo-Pacific. I am confident that, together, every problem we have spoken about today can be solved and every challenge we face can be overcome. If we succeed in this effort, if we seize the opportunities before us and ground our partnerships firmly in the interests of our own people, then together we will achieve everything we dream for our nations and for our children. We will be blessed with a world of strong, sovereign, and independent nations, thriving in peace and commerce with others. They will be places where we can build our homes and where families, businesses, and people can flourish and grow. If we do this, will we look at the globe half a century from now, and we will marvel at the beautiful constellation of nations -- each different, each unique, and each shining brightly and proudly throughout this region of the world. And just as when we look at the stars in the night sky, the distance of time will make most of the challenges we have and that we spoke of today seem very, very small. What will not seem small -- what is not small -- will be the big choices that all of our nations will have to make to keep their stars glowing very, very brightly. In America, like every nation that has won and defended its sovereignty, we understand that we have nothing so precious as our birthright, our treasured independence, and our freedom. That knowledge has guided us throughout American history. It has inspired us to sacrifice and innovate. And it is why today, hundreds of years after our victory in the American Revolution, we still remember the words of an American founder and our second President of the United States, John Adams. As an old man, just before his death, this great patriot was asked to offer his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of glorious American freedom. He replied with the words: independence forever. It's a sentiment that burns in the heart of every patriot and every nation. Our hosts here in Vietnam have known this sentiment not just for 200 years, but for nearly 2,000 years. (Applause.) It was around 40 AD when two Vietnamese sisters, the Trung Sisters, first awakened the spirit of the people of this land. It was then that, for the first time, the people of Vietnam stood for your independence and your pride. Today, the patriots and heroes -- (applause) -- of our histories hold the answers to the great questions of our future and our time. They remind us of who we are and what we are called to do. Together, we have it in our power to lift our people and our world to new heights -- heights that have never been attained, So let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose wealth and freedom over poverty and servitude. Let us choose a free and open Indo-Pacific. Finally, let us never forget the world has many places -- (applause) -- many dreams, and many roads. But in all of the world, there is no place like home. so, for family, for country, for freedom, for history, and for the glory of God, protect your home, defend your home, and love your home today and for all time. (Applause.) Thank you. God Bless You. God Bless the Pacific region. And God Bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Source: The White House www.whitehouse.gov Office of the Press Secretary Date: November 10, 2017 ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan
    10.11.2017
    The President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: First of all, I would like to congratulate you, Shinzo, on your convincing victory at the election. I hope this will help us implement all our plans. Overall, our relations are developing consistently, and I am very pleased about that. Our political dialogue has become more active, and our economic ties are growing stronger. However, there are always questions that need to be given additional attention. I am glad to have this opportunity to meet and talk with you. Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (retranslated): Thank you for your kind words on our election victory. Thanks to this, we can resume our efforts. I hope we will continue to cooperate, Vladimir. It is nice to know that we are meeting for the 20th time today. Based on the agreement we reached in Nagato, special flights were organised so that the families of the deceased residents of the [Kuril] Islands could visit the graves of their relatives and tour the districts on the four islands where we are cooperating. In the context of the successful implementation of these plans, I would like to move forward our future efforts focused on the peace treaty. As for the planned cross-year in 2018, we are making energetic preparations for it. Next year, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup, which the Japanese team will attend. I would like the next year to provide more reasons for strengthening cooperation between our nations. Speaking about the international agenda, I am ready to exchange opinions on our cooperation to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula. Vladimir Putin: We look forward to seeing you at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum and at the opening of the Russian-Japanese cross-years at the Bolshoi Theatre. Source: President of Russia http://en.kremlin.ru Date: November 10, 2017 12:45 ××××× APEC 2017 Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council - 10.11.2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Article by Vladimir Putin, The 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang
    09.11.2017
    The 25th anniversary APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting will take place in Danang very soon, on November 10 and 11. We greatly value the APEC forum for the ample opportunities it affords all participants to engage in discussions and coordinate positions on a variety of economic, social, environmental, and cultural issues. Our countries strive to cooperate based on the principles of consensus and voluntary participation, mutual respect and willingness to compromise, regardless of the political situation. This is what APEC’s unique spirit of partnership is all about. As a major Eurasian power with vast Far Eastern territories that boast significant potential, Russia has a stake in the successful future of the Asia-Pacific region, and in promoting sustainable and comprehensive growth throughout its entire territory. We believe that effective economic integration based on the principles of openness, mutual benefit and the universal rules of the World Trade Organisation is the primary means of achieving this goal. We support the idea of forming an Asia-Pacific free trade area. We believe this is in our practical interest and represents an opportunity to strengthen our positions in the rapidly growing APR markets. I want to note that over the past five years, the share of APEC economies in Russia's foreign trade has increased from 23 to 31 percent, and from 17 to 24 percent in exports. And we have no intention of stopping there. Of course, the large-scale project to create the APEC free trade area should be carried out with due account of the experience gained from implementing key integration formats in the Asia-Pacific region and Eurasia, including the Eurasian Economic Union, in which Russia cooperates with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Our union has been developing dynamically, and we are eager to build relations with all countries and associations that are interested in doing so. Vietnam, the host of this year’s Forum, was the first state to sign a free trade agreement with the EAEU. As a result, our trade grew significantly and became more diversified. Talks on a trade and economic cooperation agreement with China concluded a short while ago. Talks with Singapore have begun, and we are working on the possibility of signing a free trade agreement with ASEAN. On a related note, I would like to mention our idea to create the Greater Eurasian Partnership. We suggested forming it on the basis of the Eurasian Economic Union and China’s Belt and Road initiative. To reiterate, this is a flexible modern project open to other participants. Comprehensive development of infrastructure, including transport, telecommunications and energy, will serve as the basis for effective integration. Today Russia is actively modernising its sea and air ports in the Russian Far East, developing transcontinental rail routes, and building new gas and oil pipelines. We are committed to implementing bilateral and multilateral infrastructure projects which will link our economies and markets. Among other projects, I am referring to the Energy Super Ring that unites Russia, China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and the Sakhalin-Hokkaido transport link. We pay special attention to integrating Russia’s Siberian and Far Eastern territories into the network of APR economic ties. These efforts include a whole range of measures to enhance the investment appeal of our regions, and to integrate Russian enterprises into international production chains. For Russia, the development of our Far East is a national priority for the 21st century. We are talking about creating territories of advanced economic growth in that region, pursuing large-scale development of natural resources, and supporting advanced high-tech industries, as well as investing in human capital, education and healthcare, and forming competitive research centres. We hope that our foreign partners, primarily from APEC economies, will play an active role in implementing these programmes and projects. All the more so, as foreign participants of the annual Eastern Economic Forum held in Vladivostok already had a chance to gain confidence in the prospects and feasibility of our plans. We have an equally serious approach to involving small and medium-sized businesses in APEC economic integration processes, and supporting female entrepreneurship and start-up companies run by young entrepreneurs. Of course, we attach special importance to strengthening our cultural ties and expanding our contacts in the sphere of science and education. Looking ahead, we will focus on forming a common APR education space, one of whose centres could be the Far Eastern Federal University. We believe that establishing effective cooperation to support innovation is the most important task we face in this dynamic era. As such, Russia has put forward a number of specific initiatives. These include unifying digital economy and trade rules, harmonising national technical standards, coordinating strategies for forming high-tech markets, and creating a uniform conceptual framework for the digital space. We have also shared with our partners our experience in providing e-services to the public. In addition, we suggest starting consultations within APEC on international information security and protection of computer software. Preventing and providing relief following natural disasters and man-made accidents, epidemics and pandemics is another challenge that requires a joint response by all APR partners. Of course, we need to tackle food security issues together and think about how to meet the region's rapidly growing demand for high-quality and healthy food. Russia is one of the world’s leaders in exports of grain, vegetable oils, fish, and a number of other foods. We expect to become the leading supplier of ecologically clean food to our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region. To do so, we are taking measures to increase agricultural output and improve productivity. We intend to engage in substantive discussions of all these topics during the upcoming summit in Danang. I am confident that, acting together, we will find acceptable solutions to the challenge of supporting the steady, balanced, and harmonious growth of our shared region, and securing its prosperity. Russia is ready for such a collaborative effort. Source: President of Russia http://en.kremlin.ru Date: November 8, 2017 21:00 ××××× APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: Russia render $5 mln. assistance to Vietnam hit by Damrey
    08.11.2017
    Vladimir Putin instructed the Government to render humanitarian assistance to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and provide financial assistance in the amount of $5 million. The President discussed the situation in Vietnam with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. Vladimir Putin instructed the Government to carry out humanitarian operations. Vladimir Puchkov reported that an Il-76 aircraft is preparing to leave for Vietnam with humanitarian aid. The President also issued instructions to provide financial assistance to Vietnam in the amount of $5 million. The Russian leader expressed hope that other countries planning to attend the APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam would also show solidarity with the people of Vietnam. Typhoon Damrey which battered central Vietnam was the most devastating natural disaster in two decades, leaving more than 60 dead, dozens missing, and damaging about 80,000 buildings. More than 40,000 people were evacuated. Source: President of Russia http://en.kremlin.ru Date: November 7, 2017 13:30 ××××× APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand: registration for drones
    01.11.2017
    With the fast growing popularity of drones, advancements in the technology they use and their increasing consumer accessibility, more tourists now want to take their drones on holiday with them. This is not surprising, when you consider the spectacular holiday pictures and/or videos that can be taken from a flying drone with a camera attached. Like various other popular spots around the world, Thailand has in place certain rules and regulations concerning the bringing of drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) – into the country, and their use while here. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced that all drones in Thailand need to be registered. If not done, a drone’s owner could face a five-year jail term or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht. Tourists can bring their drones into Thailand. However, they are not allowed to fly their drones here until they have registered their devices with the NBTC or the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Also, if a drone is being brought into Thailand for commercial use, then permission must also be requested from CAAT. Forms can be downloaded from the NBTC (in Thai) and from the CAAT here (in English). The drone registration process requires the following: 1/ a signed copy of the applicant’s passport, 2/ a photo and the serial number of the drone, and 3/ two copies of the completed registration form. Tourists will also want to familiarise themselves with the rules for flying drones in Thailand. Among the key points here are that drones: - Must not be flown in a way that could cause harm to life and property, or disturb the peace, of others. - Must be flown in line of sight at all times. - Must not be flown over gatherings of people. - Must not be flown near areas where there are piloted aircraft. - Should not be used to violate the privacy of others. With this all in mind, you are ready to snap some beautiful photographs and shoot some fantastic videos of your travels in Thailand! For further information, please contact: The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission 87 Phaholythin 8 (Soi Sailom), Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 Tel: +(66) 2670 8888 NBTC Call Center 1200 Website: www.nbtc.go.th Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT website: http://tatnews.org Photo: TAT credit Date: October 25, 2017 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions
    01.11.2017
    Religion and superstition are so intermingled in the mind of the Annamese and in his performance of all rites and ceremonies, that it is impossible to speak of one without the other. Different religions are recognised in the country, but none has a distinct body of adherents : an Annamese will worship indifferently at a Buddhist or Taoist pagoda, the distance or a pecuniary consideration alone guiding him in his choice. It is not, indeed, rare to find on the same altar, side by side with the image of Buddha, a statue of Confucius and of Laotseu, the founder of the Taoist religion. This illustrates the confusion which reigns in the religious systems of Annam ; their original distinctiveness lost, superstition and sorcery have had no difficulty in introducing themselves. Europeans can hardly understand this attitude of mind, which makes no effort to reconcile conflicting theories. It is in a great measure this eclecticism which has enabled missionaries to convert such large numbers to Christianity. Toleration, a good trait in a nation's character, is here so wide as to lead to scepticism and apathy. The Annamese is often Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianist, all in one, while quite incapable of distinguishing the creed and ceremonials belonging to each faith. The precepts of Confucius are those which make the strongest appeal to his intelligence, but none influence his daily actions or call forth anything beyond an ignorant veneration. It is the worship of the various spirits and genii, which, as he believes, hover about him at work or in sleep, and still more ancestor-worship, which guide and control his whole life. These two creeds embody all the hopes and fears of the mass of the population. The first regards the elements and all natural phenomena as endowed with a living spirit, and assigns not only to men and animals, but even to things and places, a rank and gender. The spirits commonly worshipped in Annam may be divided into three classes : the Celestial, or those in space, from one of whom all the great dynasties declare themselves to be descended ; the Genii of the Waters (it is in the depth of the sea that the land of departed spirits is placed) ; and the Genii of the Earth, who protect certain portions of the country as well as the village and the home. Every trade again, with the particular tools belonging to it, is under the protection of some supernatural power. The peasant makes a sacrifice not only to the Celestial Genii, but to the spirit of his buffaloes; the fisherman not only to the Genii of the Waters, but to those of his nets; the merchant to those of his baskets, etc. Small shrines are erected in every conceivable corner to these spirits, so that, including the pagodas, where Buddha, Confucius, and Laotseu are promiscuously worshipped, it requires all the goodwill of the credulous Annamese to perform his religious duties properly. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors
    01.11.2017
    All this worship of gods and spirits holds, however, a subordinate place in comparison with ancestor worship, upon which is concentrated all the real religious fervour of the people. This is the basis upon which all morals and customs are founded, and it governs all social and domestic life. In the East it is said that "the dead rule the living," and there is much truth in the statement. Happily the influence of this religion is almost entirely good. One of its chief dogmas is the care, consideration, and respect due to the older members of a family. However old and feeble the head of the household may he, he rules with a rod of iron. His wish is law. The woman, even, as soon as she becomes a ba-gia, enjoys an influence far greater than in her youth. A man takes advice from his mother more readily than from his wife. It is not only in the family that this devotion and submission are noticeable. Any individual on the road with grey hair or other indication of age is addressed by a title denoting great respect. Another result of ancestor-worship is a love of children. The Annamese are most devoted parents, and if it were not for their ignorance of hygiene, they would be model fathers and mothers. Children are brought up not only with the idea of what is due to their parents in old age, but of what is due to them after death. They must strictly observe all the rites of ancestor-worship when, on the days, their father performs the ceremonies, for later one of them will take his place. The chief ceremonies are held just before the Tet (the Annamese New Year) and on the anniversaries of the deaths of the parents. No member of the family must be absent on this occasion; punishments can even be inflicted by law for such an offence. The offerings placed on the altar at this time are more important than at any other season during the year, and in rich families they are increased daily. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: 1,024,899 foreign visitors in October 2017
    01.11.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in October 2017 estimated 1,024,899 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In October 2017, number of international arrivals to Vietnam increase 5.0% over last month (see: September 2017) and up 24.7% over the same period last year 2016. Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 10 months 2017 reached 10,473,230 arrivals. Showing a significant result: increase 28.1% over the same period last year. ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut
    01.11.2017
    All the Annamese, rich and poor, chew the betel-nut, which makes a red saliva in the mouth, and this they spit out on floors and walls. The red stains are, of course, much more noticeable here than on the mud floors in the huts of the poorer classes, and give one a greater feeling of repugnance. Surely, if civilised enough to use whitewash, they ought to have learnt not to spit on it ! On the contrary, they are proud of the distance they can project their saliva, and one often sees small children competing with each other at this sport. The habit of chewing destroys any claim to beauty which the women might be said to possess, for it discolours their lips, and, together with the black lacquer used to preserve their teeth, makes the mouth a most repulsive feature. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin
    01.11.2017
    There is no permanent Annamese aristocracy, except in the Royal Family. Titles are not hereditary; they drop one degree with every generation, so that if the members of a family do nothing by personal effort to deserve a renewal of their former distinctions, the family soon loses its honourable estate. Any man in the kingdom may become a mandarin or high Government official, as all public offices are open to competition. This rule admits of a few exceptions. Those who render signal services to the country are entitled to similar honours. The citizen, for instance, who has succeeded in developing a certain amount of uncleared land, transforming jungle into rice-fields, is ennobled ; even in this land of literary examinations, agriculture is rightly honoured. But yet it is the " literary " mandarin who of the two is held in the higher esteem. This demand for efficiency should be of good omen for the future of the country, but it must be remembered that education in Annam is not progressive. The examinations of to-day are identical with those of many centuries ago. The subjects are literature, language, the doctrines of Confucius. If they could be altered, and some of the energy now spent on letters could be devoted to science, the nation would make rapid progress. The mandarin almost always lives in a brick-built house with verandahs running round, after the fashion of the European bungalow. The tiled roof is in many cases much ornamented, and the crest, instead of being a straight line, curves to form the profile of a dragon. Butterflies, bats, or lotus flowers are frescoed into the lime above doors and windows. As on the tombs, this is done by means of broken fragments of blue and green porcelain, but it is only on close inspection that one can see the hundreds of chips which have been required to complete a single design. The house is generally whitewashed inside, but in spite of this the rooms do not have a clean appearance. /.../ All the mandarins of Annam are poor, or, if not, they pretend to be so. The native governors of a province are not entitled to any fixed official salary ; they are considered as the "father and mother " of the population they govern, and the "children " are supposed to provide the "parents" with all the necessaries of life. This arrangement is far from perfect, for the "parents" often take advantage of their position to extort large sums of money from their " children." Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Vladimir Putin met with President of Vietnam APEC 2017: President of Russia met with Prime Minister of Japan Vietnam: meeting APEC Business Advisory Council ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: 1,024,899 foreign visitors in October 2017
    01.11.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in October 2017 estimated 1,024,899 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In October 2017, number of international arrivals to Vietnam increase 5.0% over last month (see: September 2017) and up 24.7% over the same period last year 2016. Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 10 months 2017 reached 10,473,230 arrivals. Showing a significant result: increase 28.1% over the same period last year. ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy
    01.11.2017
    There is no national representation in Annam. The Commune, so powerful in itself, appoints its chiefs of the canton, it is true, but these pass into the pay of the provinces, and owe their promotion to the State alone. Between the Emperor and the people there are only the mandarins. Otherwise no aristocracy exists. Titles of nobility are sometimes granted for some brilliant action or distinguished service, but these are no longer hereditary. As in each generation the degree of nobility is lowered, the privileges conferred are of very short duration. The Emperor is at the same time supreme head in religion, supreme judge, and chief of all civil and military powers. He is the only being who has the right to offer sacrifices to Heaven and to Earth. He must be addressed by his people on their knees, and no one may look at him. At one time the Emperor only left his palace for purposes of ceremonial ritual, and heralds went before to announce his coming, so that the inhabitants might go home and shut their doors. It is needless to add that these practices have for many years fallen into disuse. It would be difficult to bring them into harmony with the present government of Annam, which is a Protectorate. The monarch bears the title of Hoang de (emperor), but he is usually called vua (king). It is also the title he employed in his relations as vassal to China. Next to him in authority come the "four pillars of the Empire" that is to say, the high chancellors ; and the six Ministers of State i.e., of Home Affairs, Finance, Rites and Ceremonies, War, Justice, and Public Affairs. Read more: Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: chewing the betel-nut Vietnam 100 years ago: how to become a mandarin Vietnam 100 years ago: religion and superstitions Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Text: Gabrielle Vassal On & off duty in Annam, London 1910 Photo: old photo from internet ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference - 21 Nov.2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration Vietnam: Overtime laws could change soon ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: what does the name Hanoi mean?
    30.10.2017
    Hanoi is a capital city of Vietnam. In Vietnamese language the name is written as Hà Nội. Hà means "river". Nội means "internal" or "inside" ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: the first candidates of The Power of Women 2017
    27.10.2017
    After 2 successful organization season, Power of Women has become an exciting recreation ground, an indispensable intellectual nourishment of WLIN Network’s Women Leaders nationwide. The promgram is the gathering of women leaders success in career and happiness in life. They are the influential females in the business commnity, so are they the inspirational womens who help develop the socity and make the world more beautiful. Through 2 launches in Ho Chi Minh city and Ha Noi, the first Power of Women’s candidates has emerged. Ms. Kathy Huong - Vice President of WLIN - Muse Club, Director of Kathy Beauty & Fashion Company (hình 1) Ms. Pham Huyen Trang, WLIN Member - Rose Club, Director of San Spa & Beauty (hình 2) Ms. Nguyen Thu Huong, Member of WLIN - Capital Club, Director of Hung Bao Nhi Company (hình 3) Ms. Nguyen Thanh Quynh, WLIN Member - Rose Club, Linh Linh Spa Director (hình 4) Ms. Nguyen Bao Trang, WLIN Member - Rose Club, Manager of Trang Eva (hình 5) Ms. Trao Thi Hanh, member of WLIN - Queen Club, Director of Hieu Seafood Company (hình 6) Ms. Nguyen Minh Chau, Vice President of WLIN - Rose Club, Director of Civin Cosmetics (hình 7) Ms. Truong Hai Thanh, WLIN Member - Rose Club, Managing Director of T & T Trading Co., Ltd (hình 8) Ms. Le Xuan, WLIN Member - Capital Club, Director of Himalaya Ho Chi Minh Spa (hình 9) Ms. Doan Thanh Thuy, WLIN Member - Rose Club, Director of Bao An Food Company (hình 10) As the beautiful, successful, brave, intelligent and the confident women leaders. Candidates come to the program with the desire that they can experience, explore their abilities. Beside this, they can create more opportunities for exchanges and connect in business, further promoting the development of business. Look forward to the ceremony on december 10th, an interesting event will be held on Octorber 31st with the topic “Power of Women: Who are you?”. 300 invited were women leaders of WLIN network and entreprenurs from all over Viet Nam. The program is pleased to receive the cooperation of the units: Beauty Consulting: Yakson Beauty Silver Sponsors: Hoàng Gia Pearl, Mediway Korea, Kungfu Kids, Prince & Princess Academy GEBEE, Fountain of Youth (FOY) Sponsors: Kimmy, Onasa Co-sponsors: Getfit, Bich Ha Sarah Companion Unit: Be Vang Restaurant, Minh Chau, GHY, Đang Minh, DL Duy, GBrown Flower, Tam Viet Flower, Mbar, Joli Poli, TaiLee Media Sponsors: Business style, Woman Leader Forum, Cẩm Nang Mua Sắm, Trường Sơn Media, Young Media, Home TV, Thế giới truyền hình, Thời Trang Trẻ, TcomGolf, HiTV, Phụ Nữ Today, Business & Leisure, Vietstar Text, photo: BStyle ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference
    23.10.2017
    Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference 2017 welcomes the participation of institutional investors, individuals, developers and experts in the field. The conference will assess the overall picture of the market; the movement of cash flow including foreign capital flows; the most notable segments and projects; the latest trends in real estate development and the impact of urban infrastructure investment projects. Insightful information from our speakers will help investors to make the smartest choices. Date: November 21st 2017 Time: 8-12AM Venue: InterContinental Saigon Fee: Standard price 5.500.000 VNĐ Early bird discount of up to 40%, from October 23rd to November 1st  2017) Please contact hotline 0902 440 175 for more information. For more information about the event, speakers and agenda, please click HERE For a quick glance at Forbes Vietnam Real Estate Conference 2016, please click HERE ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach
    20.10.2017
    Cigarette butts, apparently, are the main reason behind the new smoking ban on Thai beaches. More precisely, the disposal of butts, or even more precisely, the disposal of butts in the proper way. Thailand’s Department of Marine And Coastal Resources says it has had to retrieve tens of thousands of butts from the sands of beaches, with this accounting for a large amount of all rubbish collected. A department official said up to 138,000 butts had been collected from just one particular beach – a 2.5 km stretch of Phuket’s popular Patong Beach. Come November, the new smoking ban on Thai beaches that has been making Thai tourism news recently will carry a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or a year in prison. Far better, it will be, to head to the designated smoking areas for a cigarette. Officials say the ban initially being implemented on the 20 or so beaches could be expanded to all beaches in Thailand, if it is successful in tackling the waste problem. Meanwhile, under consideration is a similar measure against smoking on tourist boats. Check list of the beaches here: Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT website: http://tatnews.org Photo: TAT credit ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot Thailand: temporary closure of businesses and attractions - 26 October 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: temporary closure of businesses and attractions
    20.10.2017
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the following updates as the entire nation prepares to pay a final tribute to the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the Royal Cremation Ceremony Day, on 26 October. Temporary closure of businesses and attractions: All banks will be closed on 26 October. The Thai Red Cross Society will be closed on 26 October. The Stock Exchange of Thailand will be closed on 26 October. Thailand Post will be closed on 26 October. Thai Film Archive will be closed on 26 October. All Tesco Lotus outlets nationwide will be closed for half a day, from 14.00 Hrs. on 26 October. All Major Cineplex Group’s cinemas nationwide will be closed on 26 October. All 7-Eleven convenience stores will close from 14.30 Hrs. to midnight (24.00 Hrs.) on 26 October. All True Shop stores, except its airport branches, will also close from 14.30 Hrs. on 26 October. All wholesaler Makro outlets will be closed from 15.00 Hrs. on 26 October. All Big C outlets will close from 15.00 Hrs. on 26 October. The 24-hour Mini Big C outlets will close from 15.00 – 24.00 Hrs. All Central Plaza and Central Festival as well as The Mall shopping malls will be closed on 26 October. CentralWorld and Central Plaza Rama II will open as usual. Isetan Bangkok shopping mall will be closed on 26 October. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre will be closed on 26 October. Siam Niramit in Bangkok and Phuket will be closed on 26 October. Dream World, Safari World, Siam Park and Dinosaur Planet in Bangkok will be closed on 26 October. In Chonburi, Burapha University’s Eastern Center of Art and Culture; Alcazar Carbaret, Tiffany’s and KAAN Shows; Tuxedo Illusion Hall; Space Inspirium; Flight of the Gibbon; and Lazgam will be closed on 26 October. The above businesses and attractions will reopen on 27 October. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT website: http://tatnews.org Photo: TAT credit ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam: WLIN Queen power
    16.10.2017
    Luxury event in Ho Chi Minh city. Queen power 2017 Date: 31.10.2017 Time: 17h00-21h00 Venue: Adora Luxury Source: WLIN ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: 100,000 Baht fine or a year in prison for smoking on the beach Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Thailand: smoking ban on 20 Thai beaches
    15.10.2017
    Thailand is imposing a smoking ban on some 20 popular beaches across the country as part of the country’s sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017. These beaches are in the provinces of Phuket (Patong); Surat Thani (Bo Phut on Ko Samui); Krabi (Phra Ae and Khlong Dao on Ko Lanta); Chon Buri (Bang Saen and Pattaya as well as Tam Pang on Ko Si Chang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Khao Takiap); Phetchaburi (Cha-am); Phang-nga (Ko Khai Nok and Ko Khai Nai on Ko Yao); Songkhla (Chalatas); Pattani (Tha Wa Sukri); Rayong (Mae Phim); Chanthaburi (Laem Sing), and Chumphon (Sai Ri). Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand TAT website: http://tatnews.org Photo: TAT credit ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot Thailand: temporary closure of businesses and attractions - 26 October 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam: Forbes Talks - The future of Education
    04.10.2017
    The technology revolution has been creating disruptive changes in all aspects of life, including education. In Vietnam, education is going through significant transformation with private sector participation and the impact of technology on the way people learn new skills and knowledge. Conventional education methodologies are under pressure to change, and new ways of learning are being invented. The first Forbes Talks: The future of Education of Forbes Vietnam, focusing on the most updated trends and movements in education, will provide entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers and the public with updated and important insights to invest in this field in the future. SPEAKERS Dr. Phạm Minh Tuấn, Founder and Chairman, Topica Edtech Group Mr.Nguyễn Ngọc Thủy, Chairman APAX English JSC Ms. Phan Hà Thủy, CEO Vinschool Dr.Phạm Quốc Lộc, Founder and CEO, PLA Education Dr. Nguyễn Bá Hải, Head of Creative Department, HCM University of Technology and Education Dr. Đàm Quang Minh, Dean of Thành Tây University Madame Đàm Bích Thủy, Founder and Principal of Fulbright University Vietnam Dr. Đỗ Mạnh Cường, Permanent member of Education Council; Academic Director of NHG FORBES TALKS: THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION DATE: October 20th 2017 TIME: 1PM-5:30 PM VENUE: InterContinental Saigon FEE: STANDARD PRICE: 1,100,000 VND (Early bird discount of up to 40%, till October 5th 2017) Please contact hotline 0902 440 175 for more information or visit http://event.forbesvietnam.com/forbestalks2017education/ ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 - September 2017 Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
  • Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017
    01.10.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in September 2017 estimated 975,952 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In September 2017, number of international arrivals to Vietnam decreased 20.6% over last month and up 18.6% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in September 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 283,223 visitors 2/ Korea: 213,538 visitors 3/ Japan: 80,304 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 46,524 visitors 5/ Malaysia: 39,301 visitors 6/ USA: 38,847 visitors 7/ Russia: 36,196 visitors 8/ Australia: 29,261 visitors 9/ Singapore: 22,241 visitors 10/ Thailand: 19,522 visitors Total international arrivals in 9 months reached 9,448,331 arrivals, increase 28.4% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok – Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur – Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 975,952 foreign visitors in September 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× VIETNAM: BUSINESS, APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017
  • Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan
    28.09.2017
    Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan, or the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles, is used to transfer the royal urn from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot (the Great Victory Royal Chariot). The royal urn is placed upon the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot on the eastern side of Wat Phra Chetupon (Wat Pho). This palanquin was built in the reign of King Rama II for use to carry the royal urn of King Rama I. Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan is made of carved wood, lacquered, and gilded. It is 7.73 meters long and 1.78 meters high and weighs 700 kilograms. It is borne with three poles by two shifts of 60 persons. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 13 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot
    28.09.2017
    Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot, or the Great Victory Royal Chariot, is made of carved wood, lacquered and gilded, and decorated with glass. It was built in the reign of King Rama I for the royal cremation of Somdet Phra Pathom Borommahachanok, the father of King Rama I, in 1795. Later, it has been used to carry the royal urns of kings, queens, and members of the royal family. There is a Busabok (small pavilion) on the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot. Length: 18 meters Width: 4.85 meters Weight: 13.7 tons Pulled by 216 persons. Front: 172 persons Back: 44 persons Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 21 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan
    28.09.2017
    Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan, or the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles, is used to transfer the royal urn from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot (the Great Victory Royal Chariot). The royal urn is placed upon the Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot on the eastern side of Wat Phra Chetupon (Wat Pho). This palanquin was built in the reign of King Rama II for use to carry the royal urn of King Rama I. Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan is made of carved wood, lacquered, and gilded. It is 7.73 meters long and 1.78 meters high and weighs 700 kilograms. It is borne with three poles by two shifts of 60 persons. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 13 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    28.09.2017
    The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25-29 October 2017. Thursday, 26 October, will be the royal cremation day, and it has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet to allow the people to take part in paying a final tribute to His Majesty the late King. The process of the Royal Cremation will last five days. On the first day, 25 October, a royal merit-making ceremony will be held at 17.30 hr, in preparation for moving the royal urn to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. It will take place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace. On the second day, 26 October, the royal urn will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at 07.00 hr. The Royal Cremation Ceremony will take place between 17.30 hr and 22.00 hr at the Royal Crematorium. The actual cremation is scheduled for 22.00 hr. Festivities to pay a final tribute and farewell to the His Majesty King Bhumibol and to mark the ending of an official mourning period include public performances, such as the khon masked drama, puppet shows, and orchestras. They will start at 6:00 p.m. on the Royal Cremation Day, 26 October 2017, and run through 6:00 a.m. on the following day. The collection of royal relics will take place on the third day, 27 October at 08.00 hr, at the Royal Crematorium. On the fourth day, 28 October at 17.30 hr, a merit-making ceremony will be held for the royal relics at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. On the fifth day, 29 October at 10.30 hr, the royal relics will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Later, on the same day, at 17.30 hr, the royal ashes will be enshrined at two temples, namely Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bovoranives. After the Royal Cremation Ceremony, an exhibition will be held at Sanam Luang for 30 days, from 1 to 30 November, where people will be able to learn more about the ceremony. The exhibition will feature arts and culture regarding the Royal Crematorium and related structures. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 13 June 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony
    28.09.2017
    Sandalwood flowers have been used in cremation ceremonies in Thailand since olden days, as it is believed that the fragrance of sandalwood will lead the souls of the deceased to heaven. In the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the traditional sandalwood flowers, to be used by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and members of the Royal Family, have been made from fragrant sandalwood trees taken from the Kui Buri National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has ordered the organizing of a project for members of the public who wish to learn how to make cremation sandalwood flowers, which will then be offered during the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty King Bhumibol. There are seven types of sandalwood flowers for this ceremony, each type with a special meaning: 1. The daffodil, known in Thai as dararat, was His Majesty King Bhumibol’s favorite flower. The late King often presented this flower to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit when they stayed in Switzerland. Dararat is popularly offered to a loved one, as it signifies honor, bravery, and hope. Dara means star and rat is a precious gem; 2. The rose represents true love, as well as the loyalty of the people toward His Majesty King Bhumibol; 3. The cotton rose, known in Thai as dok phuttan, represents stability and fertility. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious flower. The cotton rose may turn three colors on the same day, which is analogous to the cycle of life; 4. The white lily represents honesty and the loyalty of the people toward King Bhumibol; 5. The orchid is a symbol of stability, love, and grace, representing the benevolence of His Majesty the late King in performing his numerous royal activities; 6. Chabathip is a newly created flower representing demise and divinity. It is meant to pay a final tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol, who has won a permanent place in the Thai people’s hearts; 7. Chabanu represents the heartfelt condolences of the people from all walks of life. It is a symbol of all Thai hearts in paying their final tributes to the late King in the Royal Cremation Ceremony. Source: http://www.kingrama9.net The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Date: 26 September 2017 THAILAND: THE ROYAL CREMATION CEREMONY Thailand: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thailand: Sandalwood Flowers for Royal Cremation Ceremony Thailand: Golden Palanquin Phra Yannamat Sam Lamkhan Thailand: Royal Chariot Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Thailand: new flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam)
    22.09.2017
    New route from Bangkok (Thailand) to Phu Quoc (Vietnam) was introduced by boutique airlines Bangkok Airways. New flight is scheduled from 29 October 2017. Mostly created for international tourists convinience, this flight also gives a chance for Vietnamese and foreign residents of Phu Quoc island to travel to Thailand directly, without stop-over and transit via over-crowded Tan Son Nhat airport of Ho Chi Minh city. Flight Bangkok - Phu Quoc (Vietnam) Operated by Bangkok Airways From 29 October 2017 Flight PG 991: Bangkok - Phu Quoc Flight PG 992: Phu Quoc - Bangkok Duration : 01h 40m Rate: from THB 2,295 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam) Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network
    20.09.2017
    Vietnamese business community highly appreciates Mrs Nguyen Thu Huong. Miss Sport Vietnam in 1998, owner of several business and women magazines in Vietnam, honored with the title Mrs Vietnam 2012 and 1st runner Mrs World 2012, founder of Women Leaders International network. Business&Leisure: Women Leaders International network , what was the path of from the beginning till now? Nguyen Thu Huong: We started in 2013, until now almost 4 years. We started with me and 10 friends, who supported the idea of Women Leaders International network (WLIN). Now in Vietnam we have around 500 members. And we network with international partners. We supported Women Leaders Malaysia to develop very well. In Vietnam we have 7 clubs. They support each other in business development and networking. Till the end of this year we plan to have 10 clubs, with number of memebers up to 1000 business women. The most important is quality. So we can really support together in business. Business&Leisure: Purpose and principles of WLIN? What is the difference between WLIN and other business associations in Vietnam? Nguyen Thu Huong: With the vision of WLIN supports the women to become more beautiful and more confident and successful. WLIN supports for women to develop themselves, to perform more effectively in business, society and bring better world for the next generation. What is the difference between WLIN and other business clubs in Vietnam? It is special, it is for women only: to meet, to share, to exchange. WLIN is the number one business club in Vietnam for the women, it has big network. We can not only support with networking for our members in Vietnam, but in other countries as well. We plan to reach the target: 10.000 members worldwide in 2020. Business&Leisure: Business women from how many countries are linked within WLIN? Nguyen Thu Huong: WLIN is linked with many countries, where we have Vietnamese people living and doing business, they help us to deliver the ideas and values of WLIN to the local business community. In ASEAN, WLIN has connections with Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, USA, Australia. Also we just finished set-up for WLIN in South Africa. Business&Leisure: WLIN in Vietnam, is it mostly for local business community or integrated with international businesses in Vietnam? Nguyen Thu Huong: Basically, WLIN with the word international in the name, is networking globally? Not onlu in Vietnam and trying to connect business women from different countries. Open the door for Vietnamese business women to meet the global partners and help international businesses in Vietnam to get an access to Vietnamese market. We network with Korean, Taiwan, Japanese, Europeans doing business in Vietnam, we help them to connect to real Vietnamese market. If they only know EuroCham, AusCham, AmCham etc, it is difficult to understand the real local businesses. Now in Vietnam we have something about 60.000 companies, 40% of them are owned by women. Moreover, women have leading positions in many companies as well. If the foreign businesses in Vietnam can connect to these women, it means they can connect to the real market. If the connect to WLIN, they can understand Vietnamese market better. I plan to organize a special club for international business women currently doing their business in Vietnam to gather within English speaking club in the framework of WLIN. Business&Leisure: What of the projects within the framework of WLIN that you personally feel the most proud of? Nguyen Thu Huong: WLIN has a lot of activities. CEO-kids is a program to support for the next generation to develop leadership from the childhood. Also we praise value of mother with program Mother Beauty Award. Women should be successful both in business and personal life. Live a beautiful balanced life, beautiful both inside and outside. Every year, we organize a big event for women leaders, we call it Beauty Queen. I am so proud because of the Women Leaders Beauty Queen. After training, our members change very positive way, they look more beautiful, more professional in public speaking, media appearance, personal branding. Every year in March we have Women Leaders International Forum. When all international clubs within global WLIN network meet together to join the activities and business networking. Membership fee: 10.000.000 vnd/year (around 500 usd) All members are granted with a privilege of access to 3 big WLIN events in the year. Every club has weekly member’s meeting, usually organized as business-lunch or networking dinner, depending on the destination: Hanoi, Hochiminh-city, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Nha Trang. ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Malaysia: new flight Kuala Lumpur - Nha Trang (Vietnam)
    15.09.2017
    New direct flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Nha Trang (Vietnam) was started by Air Asia from 14 September 2017. Tourists from Malaysia are listed in TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam. Moreover, this flight gives a chance for Vietnamese and foreign residents of Nha Trang to travel to Malaysia directly, without stop-over and transit via crouded Tan Son Nhat airport of Ho Chi Minh city. Flight Nha Trang - Kuala Lumpur Operated by Air Asia From 14.9.2017 Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes Rate: from 29usd ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Nguyen Thu Huong: Women Leaders international network ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Russia-Japan: Vladimir Putin and Shinzo Abe made statements for the press
    08.09.2017
    Press statements following talks with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen, We are happy to welcome such a representative delegation from Japan here at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok for the second time. The impressive presence of our Japanese partners at the forum is becoming a good tradition. This is a great opportunity to discuss the joint projects we are already implementing and map out new plans. I invited the Prime Minister of Japan to take part in another major international economic forum – the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in late May 2018. Prime Minister Abe accepted our invitation. We also agreed to attend the opening of the reciprocal years of Russia and Japan together on May 26 in Moscow. As for these talks, they were substantive and straightforward. Both sides demonstrated their desire to develop constructive cooperation in various areas. I would like to note that recently we have managed to restore a number of mechanisms for Russian-Japanese political dialogue. In March our foreign and defence ministers resumed their consultations in the two-plus-two format. The heads of our national security councils held talks before our meeting today. Mr Abe and I have agreed that the Chief of the Russian General Staff [Valery Gerasimov] and the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces [Oleg Salyukov] will visit Japan soon. Positive trends have been reported in our trade and economic cooperation. Mutual trade increased by almost 15 percent in the first six months of this year and reached $8.4 billion. The structure of our bilateral trade is improving. The share of fuel and energy is decreasing in Russia’s exports to Japan, while the volume of foods and agricultural products, as well as non-ferrous metals and chemical goods, is increasing. During our meeting, we highly assessed the eight-point cooperation plan that was proposed by Prime Minister Abe and the joint list of priority projects. The Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, the High-Level Group and the Advisory Council on Energy have been working effectively. Russian and Japanese business activity will be boosted by the Convention on Avoiding Double Taxation, which we signed a short while ago. Japan’s participation in the INNOPROM 2017 exhibition in Yekaterinburg as a Partner Country has produced practical results. We are looking forward to welcoming our Japanese partners at the INNOPROM exhibition next year. I would like to say that Japanese companies make extensive use of the advantages of doing business in priority development areas. In April 2016, a greenhouse farm was launched in the Khabarovsk Territory jointly with JGC Evergreen and the Hokkaido Bank. Plans provide for buildings three more such complexes. We are implementing the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 oil and gas projects. We have built Russia’s first gas liquefaction plant, which exports the bulk of its products to Japan. Work is underway at Sakhalin LNG to build the third production line. We are building up our cooperation in nuclear energy. We hope that the joint projects to clear up the consequences of the Fukushima accident will be coordinated by the end of the year. Our talks with Mr Prime Minister also included discussions of a promising idea of direct railway communication between our countries. However, this calls for additional in-depth analysis. We are promoting cooperation in education. We appreciate the activities of the Association of Russian and Japanese Universities, which has sponsored a Russian-Japanese student symposium, which is currently underway in Vladivostok. Our cultural and humanitarian ties have grown stronger and are promoting the development of a positive atmosphere and mutual trust in bilateral relations. In June, Prime Minister Abe attended the opening of Russian Seasons in Tokyo. The 12th Festival of Russian Culture opened there in July. In November, Japan will attend the St Petersburg International Cultural Forum as a guest. We are promoting sports cooperation. After the planned events end at Far Eastern Federal University, Mr Abe and I will attend the International Jigoro Kano Junior Judo Tournament and the ground-breaking ceremony for the Martial Arts Centre on Russky Island. We also discussed the question of the peace treaty, including the possibility of joint economic operation on the South Kurils. Following the August 17 talks between our foreign ministries in Moscow, we have selected several promising projects that will be implemented as a priority. They concern above all cooperation in aquaculture, wind power, greenhouse farms, household waste recycling and package tours. As agreed with Mr Prime Minister, this year the process for Japanese citizens to visit the burial sites of their relatives in the South Kurils was simplified as much as possible. Many of you know that, regrettably, the first direct flight for this purpose had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Now a similar trip is planned this month, and I hope the weather will not let us down this time. Naturally, much attention at the talks was paid to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. We discussed this issue during our September 3 telephone conversation and today continued this substantive discussion. We strongly denounced the launch of the North Korean medium-range missile that flew over Japan on August 28 and the next nuclear test on September 3. We understand and share the concern of the Japanese side. Needless to say, by its actions Pyongyang is creating a serious threat to peace and security in the entire region. I reaffirmed to the Prime Minister our position that the situation on the Korean Peninsula and, particularly, the nuclear issue can only be settled by political and diplomatic means. To begin with, it is necessary to reduce the general tensions and then develop a dialogue between the interested parties as has been proposed, for example, in the Russian-Chinese roadmap for a step-by-step settlement. On the whole, the talks with Mr Abe were meaningful and very useful, in particular for the further development of bilateral cooperation in many areas. I would like to express my gratitude for this to Mr Prime Minister and all the members of the Japanese delegation. Thank you for your attention. Date: September 7, 2017 Source: http://kremlin.ru ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM – APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
  • EEF2017: Russian-Japanese talks
    08.09.2017
    Vladimir Putin held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok to discuss prospects for the development of bilateral relations and current regional issues. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, colleagues, I am very happy to see you here in Vladivostok. We constantly stay in contact, and this facilitates the work of our businesses and governments. As I mentioned, 270 Japanese companies operate in Russia. Our trade turnover is beginning to grow steadily after a slump; it has increased by over 16 percent in the first six months of 2017. I would like to thank you once again for accepting our invitation and for attending the Eastern Economic Forum. We will also be happy to see you at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum next spring, keeping in mind that cooperation between Japan and Russia, of course, exceeds the boundaries of such a huge region as the Russian Far East. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (retranslated): Mr President, As I promised last year, I am happy to meet with you here in Vladivostok. I am happy to note that the agreements reached at our meeting last year are steadily being implemented. I believe that all areas of Russian-Japanese relations continue to develop. Today I am counting on a frank exchange of opinions for unlocking the tremendous potential of Japanese-Russian relations. I am also ready to discuss the issue of North Korea and other regional tasks to make our significant contribution to ensuring regional peace and stability. I am also counting on a productive discussion to take a step forward, including on the issue of concluding the peace treaty. I would like to cooperate with you in joint economic activities on the islands and also in providing the maximum possible freedom of movement to the former residents of these islands for the purpose of accomplishing our historical task, specifically, the conclusion of the peace treaty. Date: September 7, 2017 Source: http://kremlin.ru ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM – APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
  • EEF2017: Meeting with Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council Wang Yang
    06.09.2017
    Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang in Vladivostok. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Comrade Wang Yang, friends and colleagues, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Vladivostok. You know that I have held extensive talks with the President of China, Comrade Xi Jinping, who is a big friend of Russia. I would like to again congratulate our Chinese friends on the success of this BRICS summit. I would like to say that you personally are doing a great deal to promote Russian-Chinese ties. In this context, I will sign an executive order to award you the Order of Friendship. You will receive the order during your meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. I know that you have a packed agenda. You have been to one city today, and tomorrow you will travel to another city, Khabarovsk. You have come here from a trip to Volgograd, and in Khabarovsk you will chair a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on the development of relations between the Russian Far East and Northeast China. I would like to say that nearly 200 Chinese companies were presented at the Eastern Economic Forum last year. Contracts worth nearly 2 trillion rubles, or more precisely 1.9 trillion rubles, were signed then. Total Chinese investments made in the Russian Far East in the past two years exceed $3 billion. This is evidence of our efforts to implement the agreements we reached with the President of China. I am confident that we will be able to do a great deal at this year’s forum as well. We know that many of our Chinese friends, business people, have come to the forum. We hope that the volume of contracts we sign this year will be even larger than last year. Your work has produced a solid practical result. Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China State Council Wang Yang (retranslated): Mr President, First of all, I would like to thank you for your high opinion of the BRICS summit in Xiamen. I also want to thank you for awarding me the Order of Friendship. It is a great honour for me, and I am ready to make even greater, maximum efforts to promote Chinese-Russian relations. I also want to say that this is the second time you are receiving the Chinese delegation and me personally in the beautiful city of Vladivostok. I think that this is not just a protocol issue; it speaks to your great attention, the strengthening of the traditional friendship between our countries, as well as the efforts to intensify bilateral contacts. Vladimir Putin: I remember that you attended the first forum in 2015. We met there. Wang Yang: Yes. This is my third visit to Vladivostok. Over the past three years, the implementation of the Far East development strategy has changed Vladivostok. I think that the changes in Vladivostok are a microcosm of all the changes in Russia. I want to note that in recent years, under your leadership, Russia has dealt with the sluggish growth of the world economy, and, despite the sanctions of the West, has maintained stability and solidarity in society. The Russian economy began to gradually, steadily recover. Key economic indicators improved. As a good neighbour, a reliable partner and a good friend, the Chinese side is sincerely glad for your success. The Ambassador told me that during the BRICS summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a new assessment of bilateral relations. He said that Chinese-Russian relations are not just relations, but comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation, as well as friendship. For me, too, this is very positive, good news. I think that as your friend, I can resolve other issues for you, leaving more time for you to relax. (Laughter.) You know well the programme of my stay in Russia. Indeed, I held a meeting with Mr Rogozin yesterday, and tomorrow I am ready to take part in the work of the China-Russia business dialogue together with Mr Trutnev. The day after tomorrow, all of us will go to Khabarovsk to hold the first meeting of the intergovernmental commission. Such a high intensity and frequency of contacts is indicative of more active interaction between our countries. The main objective of my visit to Russia is to implement the agreements reached at the level of the heads of state. I would like to tell you that Mr Rogozin, Mr Trutnev and I have established not only close working contacts; we are old, good friends. Now let me say a few more words about the progress we made after our meeting in 2015. At that time, an initiative to strengthen cooperation in maritime affairs was put forward. I would like to let you know that last year, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration and the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences undertook two joint expeditions to the Bering Sea, that is, in the Arctic area. On September 20 of this year, the aforementioned organisations will hold a joint seminar on maritime research in Vladivostok. During the upcoming seminar, the First Institute of the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration will sign an agreement with the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences on establishing the Centre for the Study of Maritime and Climatic Conditions. These are the results of work in the area of maritime research. I can assure you that it was not for nothing that you awarded me the Order of Friendship. (Laughter.) I did my bit to promote cooperation. Thank you very much for the time accorded to me. Vladimir Putin: President Xi Jinping’s assessments of the level and nature of our relations are absolutely objective and correspond to realities. But it is you and your Russian and Chinese colleagues who are creating the real substance behind all this in the course of your work. I would like to thank you for this again and wish you success. Date: September 6, 2017 Source: http://kremlin.ru ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM – APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
  • Vietnam: TOP10 international arrivals in august 2017
    06.09.2017
    In August 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increased 18.5% over last month and up 35.1% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in August 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 436,164 visitors 2/ Korea: 240,985 visitors 3/ Japan: 80,570 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 54,150 visitors 5/ USA: 47,522 visitors 6/ Russia: 36,282 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 8/ Australia: 28,487 visitors 9/ England: 27,652 visitors 10/ France: 25,641 visitors Photo: archive ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 -September 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Vietnam: President Tran Dai Quang has not been seen in public for a month  
  • Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017
    30.08.2017
    Recent political earthquakes around the world are reshaping the way we do business among countries, most recently the turnaround of TPPs and trade relationships between the US, the world’s largest economy, and other markets including Vietnam. Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the rise of new technologies, from data mining to Internet of Things, is disrupting business worldwide. Against this backdrop, the business sector in Vietnam is at the best position to thrive and reach its full potential in decades. After two decades of capitalization and building its capacity, companies can tap on opportunities not just at home market but also regional and international markets. They also can leap if they can make the most of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 – the current trend of automation and data exchanges. The challenges lie at having the best strategy to embrace opportunities in this fast changing world. To address the challenges, discuss opportunities and exchange ideas that could help businesses to make the most of the changes, Forbes Vietnam’s Business Vietnam 2017, under the theme EMBRACING A CHANGING WORLD, will focus on discussions about: Defining the new reality, Prepare leadership for the next generation, Strategies for a changing world. Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 will take place at Ho Chi Minh City, 14 September 2017. Delegate attendance is limited to the qualified titles: usually Chairman, Vice Chairman, CEO, President, C suite and Director level from Vietnam and global company. Event: Forbes Vietnam Business Forum 2017 Date: 14 September 2017 Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - For more details about the event, please click http://event.forbesvietnam.com/2017businessforum/ - For any inquiries or questions, please contact us at 0933 244 600 or send email to businessforum@forbesvietnam.com - The Event participation fee is VND 11.000.000 / person includes dinner, event documents and 10% VAT ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: HCM hosts APEC 3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017 Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017 Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017 Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017  
  • Vietnam: 1,229,163 foreign visitors in August 2017
    29.08.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in August 2017 estimated 1,229,163 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. In August 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increased 18.5% over last month and up 35.1% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in August 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 436,164 visitors 2/ Korea: 240,985 visitors 3/ Japan: 80,570 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 54,150 visitors 5/ USA: 47,522 visitors 6/ Russia: 36,282 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 8/ Australia: 28,487 visitors 9/ England: 27,652 visitors 10/ France: 25,641 visitors Total international arrivals in 8 months 2017 reached 8,472,379 arrivals, increase 29.7% over the same period last year. ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Thailand: Wat Arun will officially be reopened the end of 2017
    25.08.2017
    The world-famous Temple of Dawn pagoda, also internationally known as Wat Arun, will officially be reopened the end of this year after being closed to visitors for three years to undergo repairs and renovation along with other structures in the temple compound. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “This was the biggest repair and renovation work to take place on the temple in recent memory. The importance of this work, and that of Wat Arun to Thailand’s history, culture and tourism industry cannot be understated. “It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha, and over the years has now become one of the most visited tourism sites in all of Thailand. The completion of the renovation and official reopening celebration in December this year is the source of great pride to all Thai people.” The 66.8-metre-high pagoda is the main feature of Wat Arun, which is decorated with seashells and bits of Chinese porcelain that glimmer in the sunshine. Under direction from Thailand’s Fine Arts Department, Wat Arun started undergoing renovation over three years ago, specifically to secure the base of its majestic pagoda. It was initially envisioned by Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri (King Taksin the Great) in 1768 after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, when he arrived at this Buddhist temple just as dawn was breaking. He ordered the temple’s first renovation and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of Dawn. A 10-day long celebration of the completion of Wat Arun’s renovations will take place at the end of this year from 27 December through to 5 January, 2018. The festivities will include a tribute to Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri (King Taksin the Great), who ordered the previously mentioned restoration of the temple during his reign, along with ancient cultural and Thai dance performances. There will also be an exhibition on the temple’s history, showcasing the importance of its role in Thai society, highlighted by a display of award-winning photos of the temple taken over the years with the first images of Wat Arun dating back to 1865. Bangkok, 25 August, 2017 Source: Tourusm Authority of Thailand http://www.tatnews.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
  • Thailand: treasures of Thai textiles
    20.08.2017
    Thailand remains a country of weavers and wooden looms, artisans making traditional Thai Textiles – Treasures of a Kingdom by hand in a time honoured way despite the rise of mass produced, industrially manufactured materials and fashion. Northern Hill Tribe Textiles Chiang Mai offers an amazing insight into Thai textiles via the ethnic dress of the Northern Thai hill tribes. Each tribe, who migrated from the Himalayan foothills to Thailand, has a unique traditional textile tradition that is in contrast with one another as much as they complement. Silver and gold thread embroidery, seed embroidery, applique and chain stitching of animal and insect motifs are popular adornments. Women of the six most prevalent tribes; Karen, Lisu, Meo, Lahu, Yao and Akha, all go to Chiang Mai markets to sell their hand-woven textiles. Similarly, the art of Mo Hom has advanced in recent years to meet the desires of creative consumers looking for authentic artisan products. Mo Hom is cotton fabric manipulated into various patterns using the strength of the dye and time soaked in the solution, producing stunning shades of indigo across a spectrum from dark navy to sunlight blue. Southern Region Textiles The textiles of Southern Thailand exhibit characteristics and influences of those from Malaysia and or Indonesia’s island of Sumatra. Pha Yok is a rare cloth woven only in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang provinces. It is another type of fabric that was favoured in the past by royals and people of noble birth. It is like Songket (a Malaysian cloth) and requires high-skilled weavers and complicated techniques. Gold and silver thread woven into this kind of cloth creates its lustrous texture. Hang Karok is a technique unique to the Southern Region that uses two-coloured twisted thread before woven. Centres of production include villages around Trang and in the Songkhla Lake area. Northeast Mudmee Magic The diversity of the ethnic people who settled in villages on the Khorat Plateau led to an abundance of different weaving styles, producing a vast array of silk and cotton textiles. Each is unique and beautiful on its own right as every Northeastern or Isan village will have its own signature style. Mudmee silk is a staple of the Northeast region weaving industry and H.M. Queen Sirikit is very fond of this kind of silk. Though it can be woven from cotton yarn, Mudmee is regarded as the ‘Queen of Thai Silk’ because of the Thai Queen and the textile’s intricate patterns. It is woven in almost all provinces in the Northeast region; such as, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Surin, Buri Ram and Si Sa Ket. Source: Tourusm Authority of Thailand http://www.tatnews.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
  • Thailand: a new immigration form from October 2017
    17.08.2017
    Thailand will introduce a new immigration form, starting from 1 October this year. The redesigned form will have only one side for international travellers to record both arrival and departure information, with an automatic channel barcode for more convenience. It will replace the current two-page departure and arrival cards. The new form is currently being finalised in order to ensure that it takes up the least amount of time for the travellers to fill out but gains the most useful information. Information obtained from the immigration form is used by relevant government agencies to track data on international arrivals. Bangkok, 17 August, 2017 Source: Tourusm Authority of Thailand http://www.tatnews.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 ××××× TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in July 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Forbes Talks Event on Branding - August 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
  • Vietnam: TOP10 international arrivals in July 2017
    08.08.2017
    In July 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increases 9.2% over last month. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in July 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 329.319 visitors 2/ Korea: 193.569 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 59,800 visitors 4/ Japan: 58,614 visitors 5/ USA: 56,832 visitors 6/ Australia: 36,451 visitors 7/ Russia: 34,655 visitors 8/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 9/ England: 21,672 visitors 10/ Singapore: 19,183 visitors International visitors to Vietnam in July 2017 estimated 1.036.880 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. Total international arrivals in 7 months 2017 reached 7,243,216 arrivals, increase 28.8% over the same period last year Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 1.036.880 foreign visitors in July 2017
    30.07.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in July 2017 estimated 1.036.880 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. Means thus month Vietnam reached the target: over 1 million international arrivals per month. After two consecutive months, when internatinal arrivals to Vietnam were marked under one million. In July 2017 international arrivals to Vietnam increases 9.2% over last month and up 21.1% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in July 2017 refreshed again and looks as follows: 1/ China: 329.319 visitors 2/ Korea: 193.569 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 59,800 visitors 4/ Japan: 58,614 visitors 5/ USA: 56,832 visitors 6/ Australia: 36,451 visitors 7/ Russia: 34,655 visitors 8/ Malaysia: 32,850 visitors 9/ England: 21,672 visitors 10/ Singapore: 19,183 visitors Total international arrivals in 7 months 2017 reached 7,243,216 arrivals, increase 28.8% over the same period last year ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 949,362 foreign visitors in June 2017
    01.07.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in June 2017 estimated 949,362 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. One more time in 2017 monthly arrivals are marked below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 2.4% over May 2017. Nevertheless, in June 2017 still up 33.6% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in May 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 315,312 visitors 2/ Korea: 177,061 visitors 3/ Japan: 55,830 visitors 4/ USA: 51,943 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 50,176 visitors 6/ Russia: 38,087 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 35,536 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,003 visitors 9/ Singapore: 25,414 visitors 10/ Cambodia: 19,999 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 6 months reached 6,206,336 arrivals, increase 30.2% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017
    29.06.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in June 2017 estimated 949,362 arrivals. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in June 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 315,312 visitors 2/ Korea: 177,061 visitors 3/ Japan: 55,830 visitors 4/ USA: 51,943 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 50,176 visitors 6/ Russia: 38,087 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 35,536 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,003 visitors 9/ Singapore: 25,414 visitors 10/ Cambodia: 19,999 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 6 months reached 6,206,336 arrivals, increase 30.2% over the same period last year. As published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. One more time in 2017 monthly arrivals are marked below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 2.4% over May 2017. Nevertheless, in June 2017 still up 33.6% over the same period last year. ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in June 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in May 2017
    05.06.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality in May 2017 changed structure again. For the first time in 2017 Singapore entered the list. International visitors to Vietnam in May 2017 estimated 972,844 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. First time in 2017 below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 9.2% over April 2017. Nevertheless, in May 2017 still up 26.8% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in May 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 300,531 visitors 2/ Korea: 187,359 visitors 3/ Japan: 61,443 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 48,644 visitors 5/ Russia: 44,469 visitors 6/ Malaysia: 43,296 visitors 7/ USA: 39,740 visitors 8/ Thailand: 24,763 visitors 9/ Australia: 24,191 visitors 10/ Singapore: 22,116 visitors Total international arrivals in 5 months 2017 reached 5,256,974 arrivals, increase 29.6% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: less foreign visitors in May 2017
    29.05.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in May 2017 estimated 972,844 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. First time in 2017 below 1 million international arrivals per month. Decrease 9.2% over April 2017. Nevertheless, in May 2017 still up 26.8% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in May 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 300,531 visitors 2/ Korea: 187,359 visitors 3/ Japan: 61,443 visitors 4/ Taiwan: 48,644 visitors 5/ Russia: 44,469 visitors 6/ Malaysia: 43,296 visitors 7/ USA: 39,740 visitors 8/ Thailand: 24,763 visitors 9/ Australia: 24,191 visitors 10/ Singapore: 22,116 visitors Total international arrivals in 5 months 2017 reached 5,256,974 arrivals, increase 29.6% over the same period last year. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017
    12.05.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality in April 2017 changed structure again. China traditionally on the top in number of arrivals. Australia and England back to the list. France out. Some changed the line, up or down. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in April 2017 1/ China: 322,453 visitors 2/ Korea: 174,373 visitors 3/ Japan: 59,981 visitors 4/ Russia: 55,490 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 48,890 visitors 6/ USA: 48,860 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 39,654 visitors 8/ Australia: 35,176 visitors 9/ England: 31,447 visitors 10/ Thailand: 30,643 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 4 months reached 4,284,130 arrivals, increase 30.3% over the same period year 2016. Photo: Pascal Full Moon Village resort, Muine, Vietnam ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 48,860 visitors from USA in April 2017
    02.05.2017
    Visitors from USA to Vietnam in April 2017 estimated 48,860 arrivals. Both business and leisure visitors from America are lined 6th among TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality. As published in late April by Vietnam National Administration of tourism, number of international arrivals to Vietnam in April increased 6.5% over last month March 2017 and up 34.0% over the same period last year 2016. Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 4 months reached 4,284,130 arrivals, increase 30.3% over the same period year 2016. Photo: Pascal ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1.071.650 foreign visitors in April 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: 1.071.650 foreign visitors in April 2017
    27.04.2017
    International visitors to Vietnam in April 2017 estimated 1,071,650 arrivals, as published by Vietnam National Administration of tourism. Means, number of international arrivals to Vietnam in April increase 6.5% over last month March 2017 and up 34.0% over the same period last year 2016. TOP10 international arrivals by nationality to Vietnam in April 2017 are as follows: 1/ China: 322,453 visitors 2/ Korea: 174,373 visitors 3/ Japan: 59,981 visitors 4/ Russia: 55,490 visitors 5/ Taiwan: 48,890 visitors 6/ USA: 48,860 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 39,654 visitors 8/ Australia: 35,176 visitors 9/ England: 31,447 visitors 10/ Thailand: 30,643 visitors Total international arrivals to Vietnam in 4 months reached 4,284,130 arrivals, increase 30.3% over the same period year 2016. ××××× VIETNAM - APEC 2017 Vietnam: Hanoi hosts APEC 2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 TOURISM ISSUES: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Thailand: Wax Candle Procession Songkran
    13.04.2017
    Kanchanaburi has its own distinctive Songkran traditions, the highlight of which is the spectacular beeswax candle procession and other activities that accord with the Buddhists’ belief of the locals. The celebrations take place around Wat Nongprue in Kanchanaburi. Visitors will be able to take part in merit-making activities at the temple, the gentle pouring of water on local elders to show respect and to enjoy an exhibition that tells the story of the candle procession in Kanchanaburi. There will also be booths selling local products and tasty treats. For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi Office Songkran Festival 2017 Dates: 13-14 April, 2017 Venue: Kanchanaburi Source & photo: TAT website *** DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: Songkran festival 2017 Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession -  8-13 April 2017 Thailand: Wax Candle Procession Songkran - 13-14 April 2017 Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession
    09.04.2017
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised an Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession on 8 April, 2017, to officially get the Thai New Year celebrations off to a colourful start. The event marked the opening of the Amazing Songkran Experience Festival 2017, which is taking place in Bangkok’s Benjasiri Park from 8-13 April, and will give everyone a taste of the Thai New Year in the different regions of Thailand. Source & photo: TAT website *** DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession -  8-13 April 2017 Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Thailand: Songkran festival 2017
    08.04.2017
    Songkran Festival, which takes place nationwide in Thailand, is an event where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For tourists, the event offers a chance to enjoy a huge celebration where water parties break out in the streets of Thailand’s towns and villages. For locals it is a time when they can spend precious time with families and visit the temples to observe ancient rites and make merit. There’s no doubting that it is a fascinating time to be in Thailand wherever you travel. Songkran Festival 2017 Dates: 1 -23 April, 2017 Venue: Nationwide Source & photo: TAT website *** DOING BUSINESS: Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: Songkran festival 2017 Thailand: Amazing Songkran Joyful Procession -  8-13 April 2017 Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    05.04.2017
    South Korea is one of the leading economies of Asia region. Doing business in Korea: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Thailand as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 5 Starting Business: 11 Construction permits: 31 Paying taxes: 23 Trading across borders: 32 It means that only in 4 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Kirea. But in 184 other countries of the world, business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Republuc of Korea. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org ××××× DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino    
  • Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017
    03.04.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality in March 2017 changed structure again. New countries entered the list. Some changed the line, up or down. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in March 2017 1/ China: 297,915 visitors 2/ Korea: 162,960 visitors 3/ Japan: 71,917 visitors 4/ Russia: 57,407 visitors 5/ USA: 48,880 visitors 6/ Taiwan: 46,333 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 42,150 visitors 8/ France: 26,739 visitors 9/ Thailand: 24,371 visitors 10/ England: 24,061 visitors International visitors to Viet Nam in March 2017 reached 1.005.821 arrivals, decrease 16.1% over Feb.2017, but grow up 21.1% over the same period last year. Check TOP10 foreign visitors to Vietnam by nationality for January and February 2017. Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 1.005.821 foreign visitors in March 2017 Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    02.04.2017
    Doing business in Thailand: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Thailand as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 46 Starting Business: 78 Construction permits: 42 Paying taxes: 109 Trading across borders: 56 It means that in 45 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Thailand. But in 144 other countries of the world, business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Thailand. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Vietnam: 1.005.821 foreign visitors in March 2017
    29.03.2017
    International visitors to Viet Nam in March 2017 reached 1.005.821 arrivals. Trend One million international visitors per month started from January, with 1.007.238 foreign visitors, continued in February 2017 with 1,119,421 foreign visitors. In March 2017 number of intl. visitors decrease 16.1% over Feb.2017, but grow up 21.1% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in March 2017 1/ China: 297,915 visitors 2/ Korea: 162,960 visitors 3/ Japan: 71,917 visitors 4/ Russia: 57,407 visitors 5/ USA: 48,880 visitors 6/ Taiwan: 46,333 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 42,150 visitors 8/ France: 26,739 visitors 9/ Thailand: 24,371 visitors 10/ England: 24,061 visitors TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in March 2017 changed structure. Check TOP10 foreign visitors to Vietnam by nationality for January and February 2017. Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 1.005.821 foreign visitors in March 2017 Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: Savills - Alternaty will create the best service
    28.03.2017
    Savills Vietnam is the largest and most experienced real estate practice with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The company provides comprehensive property services such as: Residential Sales, Commercial Leasing, Residential Leasing, Research & Consultancy, Valuation & Feasibility Study, Banking & Corporate Services, Investment Brokerage & Advisory, Retail Consultancy & Leasing, Property & Asset Management, Tenant Advisory & Representation, Industrial Consultancy & Leasing, Marketing & Creative services. Savills Vietnam has won the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2016 - 2017 for “Best Real Estate Agency in Vietnam”, and “Best Property Consultancy in Vietnam”. With over 20 years of operations and growth in Vietnam, Savills is proud to be the most established real estate consultancy firm, providing the most comprehensive data and insights of the local property market development. Savills is pleased to announce a merger with Alternaty, a leading Hotel Advisory in Indochina. The merger highlights Savills' commitment to accelerate growth in the Asia Pacific and particularly South East Asia. The Alternaty team will join the well-established hotel business at Savills to focus on providing best in class hotel Advisory services for owners and developers. Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Savills Hotel Asia Pacific, which is led by Raymond Clement, Managing Director, based in Singapore, consists of individuals who have strong track record and experience across the tourism and hospitality sector: Mauro Gasparotti and Rudolf Hever, Founding Partners of Alternaty, will both take the role of Director, Hotels, Savills Asia Pacific, reporting in to Raymond Clement, driving business in Vietnam and South East Asia. This dedicated Hotel Advisory team will be based in Savills Ho Chi Minh City office, delivering the strongest Hospitality and Advisory team in the Region. The merger will give Savills a platform to tap into Indochina's rapidly growing hospitality markets, with Vietnam itself seeing a 26% increase in foreign arrivals in 2016.  With a growing number of investors actively seeking hotel and resort assets, this will complement Savills' already substantial investment brokerage platform. “Vietnamese hotel industry is becoming more dynamic as more players enter this growing market with the number of five-star hotel rooms in 2015 soaring by 37% year-on-year to reach 24,000.  This growing trend in hotel development can be seen across all hotel segments with an estimated 15%-20% growth in total hotel supply in the short term. Besides the key cities of HCMC and Hanoi, markets such as Phu Quoc, Danang and Nha Trang are catching investor attention too. Total hotel transaction volume reached almost $500 million in the last 24 months”. Rudolf Hever, Director of Hotels, Savills Asia Pacific said. Neil MacGregor, Managing Director, Savills Vietnam, shared “The Alternaty team, led by Mauro and Rudolf, are well known as market leaders in Hospitality in the IndoChina. Their capabilities will add depth to establish a robust platform, offering a complete suite of services for the hotel development lifecycle. Our ability to offer best in class hotel consultancy will expand our capability and boost other Savills Vietnam business lines, including project management, investment advisory, research & valuation and agency businesses.” Founded in 2012, Alternaty is known as the first and only local based hotel consultancy in Vietnam, with strong local knowledge, contacts, and extensive track record in commercial property, hotel and resort advisory throughout the IndoChina region. With a high profile, this award winning boutique real estate consultancy has played key advisory roles to major hospitality companies around the region. The Savills Hotels team, well placed in the Asia Pacific, is capable of putting forward unique asset realisation strategies and disposition services, as well as specific management and consultancy services. In the past 24 months, Savills Hotels sold US$2.1b worth of hotel assets in Asia Pacific. Most recently, it has led the sale of the Anantara Ubud Bali, the Duxton Hotel Saigon and the Hyatt Regency Osaka. ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    25.03.2017
    Japan is one of the leading economies of the region.Doing business in Japan: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Japan as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 34 Starting Business: 89 Construction permits: 60 Paying taxes: 70 Trading across borders: 49 It means that in 33 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Japan. While in all 155 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Japan. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino
  • Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance
    21.03.2017
    Russia is ranked in TOP5 international arrivals to Vietnam in January 2017. Within last 5 years share of Russian market in the map of Vietnam tourism statistics grew immensely: from about 5.000 tourists per year before 2011 to 433,987 Russian tourists visited Vietnam in 2016. Exclusive interview with Mr. Abdullah Cankaya, Vice President Asia-Pacific Countries of Pegas Touristik, leading travel operator of Russia about past, present and future of tourism industry of Vietnam within  5 years retrospective and perspective. By Daria Mishukova ***** Business & Leisure: When you came to Vietnam to open a new destination for Russian market, for Pegas Touristik, what did you see in Vietnam? What was in the very beginning? Abdullah Cankaya: Actually I was interested to Vietnam as we were settled our company in Thailand (2004). I wanted to see around what else we could. That’s why I made trips to Vietnam at 2006 and 2008 two times to discover all and understand the country at almost all resort cities of Vietnam. Those times Vietnam as travel destination was very limited by room supply and infrastructure for Russian clients. At 2008 I had meet some individual Russian clients in Nha Trang and asked them: how did you come here? What made them to visit Nha Trang, in which way they were there? Learnt that they heard and wanted to visit. Feedbacks were good. But it was hard to reach: connecting flights, transportations, hotel bookings etc. And at my next visit at 2010 I did understand that we must start charter operation to Nha Trang. Business & Leisure: What was the most challenging in starting charter operation to Vietnam in 2011 and how did you overcome it? Abdullah Cankaya: That time in 2011 Pegas Touristik was the only one company who brought charter flights from different cities of Russia to Nha Trang. We wanted to fly with big body aircrafts, but at that time Cam Ranh international airport was not ready to welcome big body aircrafts by their equipments. And they could not give us a permission for landing of big body aircrafts in Cam Ranh airport. But the aircrafts (Boeing 757) we were using needed to stopover due to long distance and those aircrafts range was only 7-7.5 hrs maximum. We made some more attempts to explain our need and made meeting with Vietnamese authorities, with People's Committee of Nha Trang. They helped us to bring necessary equipments form Hanoi and HCM city and Nha Trang airport was ready to welcome big aircrafts. Today many big body aircrafts are flying to Nha Trang, thanks to this step. We appreciate and never forget this help for the current potential of tourism. But in 2011-2012 even Passport control booths were not enough. And there were no shops inside international waiting hall of Cam Ranh Airport. Now there are many, many changes and capacity increased a lot. Business & Leisure: What is the number of Russian tourists visited Vietnam with Pegas Touristik throughout these years and plan for 2017? Abdullah Cankaya: We started at 2011-2012 season with 80.000 tourists. And we came till crisis to 200.000 pax per year (including Danang). Years 2015 and 2016 were hard for Russian market.  In 2017 Pegas Touristik is planning to bring to Vietnam about 180-200.000 Russian tourists. Business & Leisure: Before 2011 for hotels in Nha Trang and Muine it was a typical situation: fully booked for Tet, booked well for weekend, almost no guests for 5 days/week. Was it challenging to deal with Vietnamese hoteliers at the beginning? Abdullah Cankaya: It took a really hard process for Pegas Touristik to explain our way of work. Vietnamese hotels never worked with global tourism charter business before. Even couple of times we collected all reservation and sales people in Nha Trang and Muine to explain the systems. But Vietnamese people are smart, they adapted quickly. I did not want to compare with other markets, but I can easily say that Vietnamese people are very smart to work with. Business & Leisure: Do the Russian tourists give positive feedback about Vietnam? What can be helpful to improve the situation with returning guests to Vietnam? Abdullah Cankaya: I may say that almost all clients are happy with Vietnam and services they receive as value of money. We don’t have major complaints. Improving the infrastructure is key point for return clients. But I must say, lately traffic jams, and squezzed downtown area started to be concern for future of Nha Trang. Nha Trang need to extend to new or larger downtown areas than Tran Phu street or this streeet need to avoid high traffic jams . Business & Leisure: Russian tourists are in TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam. What is the rating of Vietnam as travel destination for Pegas Touristik? Your forecast for tourism perspectives of Vietnam for the next 5 years? Abdullah Cankaya: In Asia region, for Pegas Touristik Vietnam is a second bigger after Thailand. Market became like this, as Thailand was in market last 15 years, while Vietnam for us in operation just for 5-6 years. Generally among our other travel destinations, I may say Vietnam is in top 10. TOP10 travel destination for our clients: Turkey, Egypt (temporary suspended), Thailand, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Cyprus, India, Dubai and Vietnam. Vietnam increased the number of rooms very quickly in recent years. But all other tourism attractions must come together besides building rooms. New beaches and new invests are coming to region.  My idea is tourist capacity (not only from Russian market) will double in 5 years with many right supplies. Namely: different excursions, better restaurants, cafes, shops, touristic shows, attractions. Even modern hospitals will help to maintain the increase.  I am very optimist for the future of this beautiful country Vietnam. ××××× Exclusively for Business&Leisure All materials herein are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced or broadcasted without the prior written permission of Business&Leisure. In case of minor citing: indicate and add an active link to the original publication when reproduce. ××××× ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: TOP10 intl arrivals in Feb. 2017
    18.03.2017
    List of TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in February 2017 got some new names. February 2017 TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam by nationality 1/ China: 403,663 visitors 2/ Korea: 192,572 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 64,314 visitors 4/ USA: 63,519 visitors 5/ Japan: 63,279 visitors 6/ Russia: 59,463 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 38,478 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,867 visitors 9/ England: 26,861 visitors 10/ France: 26,536 visitors Total number of international visitors to Vietnam in February 2017 reached 1,119,421 arrivals. *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Pascal Lefebvre: windsurfing saga de Muine
    15.03.2017
    1) Muine in Vietnam has a reputation of one the best places in the world for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Is it true? Why? Certainly among on the top five in the world and it’s well known throughout the ocean and wind sports world. Why? The seasonal winds in Muine tend to be not only stronger but more consistent than in many other destinations. In Muine there is wind but when the dunes get very hot it creates a thermal effect that accelerate the wind. Then the wind arrives from the sea and hit land behind Mui Ne this is called a venturi effect, the wind accelerates when going over land and then to the water again. In winter the wind is stronger as we are in high pressure area, in the summer the wind shift to south East as we are then in low pressure. Also, Mui Ne has a large amount of schools and centers to choose from, as well the location with many center of interest around and a great weather year round. 2) How the windsurfing in Muine was developing within last decades? Windsurfing started with Jibe’s Beach Club and a small amount of windsurf boards and sails nearly two decades ago. Over the years a steady influx of yearly equipment purchases has enabled Jibes to have the most extensive gear collection in Mui Ne. In the meantime, other centers have also opened, each with its own clientele focus. Yearly competitions, some pro circuit events (PWA 20111) and high-level windsurfing competitors based here for the season all serve to improve the sport’s visibility and the performance levels of rider. In addition, Jibe’s windsurf school is famous for its extremely user-friendly and technical instruction in the school. This helps make the sport available to those who wish to get the experience of windsurfing independently and safely in only a few hours. 3) Leisure tourists frequently complain about sport activities on the beach and on the sea waves. The peaceful co-exhistence of active and passive vacation guests in Muine is possible? Peaceful co-existence is definitely possible between beach users. It’s the responsibility of the ocean sporters to yield right of way to other beach users and to follow specific procedures to avoid putting them at risk. Unfortunately- the awareness and consideration level among a segment of the sports community in Mui Ne is not at this point yet but we believe that continuing education can greatly reduce the cause of these complaints. 4) Who are the Top5 nationalities coming to Muine for windsurfing? Russia, UK, France, Germany, America as well as many other nationalites… Vietnam starting to show interest 5) How about Vietnamese enthusiasts? Over the year some locals that work at center have become very skilled in windsurf and other sport. With A new sponsor we are trying to set up a Team Vietnam and train them to race in high level event such as Sea Games, Beach Games and why not Olympics games. The team will consist of Vietnamese athletes already practicing the sport and with the support of the sport department younger candidate that will study and learn the sport with some professional coaching. *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: 1,119,421 foreign visitors in February 2017
    02.03.2017
    International visitors to Viet Nam in February 2017 reached 1,119,421 arrivals. Trend One million plus international visitors per month started from January, with 1.007.238 foreign visitors. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in February 2017 1/ China: 403,663 visitors 2/ Korea: 192,572 visitors 3/ Taiwan: 64,314 visitors 4/ USA: 63,519 visitors 5/ Japan: 63,279 visitors 6/ Russia: 59,463 visitors 7/ Malaysia: 38,478 visitors 8/ Australia: 27,867 visitors 9/ England: 26,861 visitors 10/ France: 26,536 visitors *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017    
  • Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    27.02.2017
    Vietnam for decades is considered to be a fast growing economy of the region. Doing business in Vietnam: is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Vietnam as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 82 Starting Business: 121 Construction permits: 24 Paying taxes: 167 Trading across borders: 93 It means that in 81 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Vietnam. But in 108 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Vietnam. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org *** DOING BUSINESS: Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Abdullah Cankaya: Vietnam-Russia tourism at a glance Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in March 2017 Vietnam: TOP10 International arrivals in February 2017 Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016   Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    26.02.2017
    Singapore is one of the leading economies of the world. World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Singapore as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 2 Starting Business: 6 Construction permits: 10 Paying taxes: 8 Trading across borders: 41 It means that only in 1 country of the world it is easier to do business, than in Singapore. But in all 188 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Singapore. And so much more to be done. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino  
  • Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017
    26.02.2017
    Business in Malaysia, is it easy or difficult? World Bank Group every year ranks economies of the world on their ease of doing business. In 2017 Doing Business year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies around the globe. The ranking for economy of Malaysia as to 2017 in several selected indicators are as following: Ease of doing business: 23 Starting Business: 112 Construction permits: 13 Paying taxes: 60 Trading across borders: 60 It means that in 22 countries of the world it is easier to do business, than in Malaysia. But in 167 other countries of the world business formalities are considered as less favorable, comparing to Malaysia. For more details and updates, please check World Bank Group – Doing Business website: www.doingbusiness.org Australia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 China: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Cambodia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Indonesia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Japan: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Korea: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Malaysia: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Singapore: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Thailand: briefly about Doing Business 2017 Vietnam: briefly about Doing Business 2017 *** ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino
  • Vietnam: The 18th Jibes Vietnam Windsurf Fun Cup
    25.02.2017
    05.30 am pitch black, most are still sleeping, tired eyes arriving early at Jibes Beach Club to reserve what they feel will be the best board and sail choice for the day, “The 18th Jibes Vietnam Windsurf Fun Cup” is about to begin. This year we saw entries from 11 different countries (Vietnam, Russia, USA, Thailand, Netherlands, Canada, France, Israel, Germany, Catalonia and Estonia), great to see so many different nationalities brought together by their passion for windsurfing. Conditions this year did not disappoint, clean steady wind with a much smaller swell than previous years, competitors could focus more on fine tuning their rigs to produce maximum speeds with the added benefit of flatter riding conditions. The usual downwind slalom course was used with a total of 4 Jibes. Red, Yellow then Green and the racing began. This year Jibes focused on 2 days of full powered racing. The first day saw some close action with Albert Pijoan (CAT), Ageer Shamil (RUS), Ilya Chaika (RUS), Maksin Koskin (RUS), and Ilya Panagushin (RUS) all battling for first place. The end of the first day saw Albert Pijoan sitting in first, Ageer Shamil a close second with Ilya Chaika chasing in third. For the women’s event this year we saw some really high level riders, Vietnam was represented by Tran Thi Kim Chi (VN), Maria Shapkina (RUS) and Irina Gurko (RUS). Maria Shapkina dominated the first days racing only losing one heat to Tran Thi Kim Chi, leaving Irina Gurko in 3rd place for the day. The evening was spent at Tropical Mini Golf, where contestants and guests were treated to some of the finest foods of Mui Ne in what can only be described as a tropical paradise oasis. Day 2 saw very similar conditions only difference being this was the last day for competitors chasing 1st 2nd or 3rd to really give it all they had to secure a position on the podium. All heats were run consecutively really testing the rider’s stamina and skill. After all results were calculated for both days events excited faces gathered eager to know their positions. The prize giving this year consisted of brand new 2017 Starboard Isonic boards for the winners. Severne sails for second place (Freek and Unit) and Aeron booms for third. Special prizes were given to Tol Meltrer (Israel) our youngest competitor at the age of 13, showing high level riding and confidence never witnessed before, also we must mention and give huge respect to Daniel Callahan (USA) windsurfing veteran, showing the youngsters that it is a sport for all with no age limit. To make sure others had a chance of taking home something special a lucky draw was held for all who entered the competition, some great gifts were won from luxury hotel accommodation, windsurfing equipment to romantic evening meals. Winners Mens: 1st Albert Pijoan (CAT) 2nd Maksim Koshkin (RUS) 3rd Ilya Chaika (RUS) Womens: 1st Maria Shapkina (RUS) 2nd Tran Thi Kim Chi (VN) 3rd Irina Gurko (RUS) Vietnam-Muine: SUP competition 2017 - February 2017 Muine: Starboard testing in Muine Muine: Muine windsurf seasons Muine: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition - 12.2016 The closing ceremony was something not to be missed, an amazing musical performance from the local orphanage for blind children stole the show and left the crowds wanting more, all proceeds from the Fun Cup go directly to this charity making the whole event really worthwhile. Traditional dancing as well as live singing all went to make an unforgettable evening that danced into the early hours. Final thanks must go out to all our amazing sponsors which make this event possible: Starboard, Severne, Shamal, DHL, Aeron, Tropical Mini Golf, Whale Village, Chen Sea Resort, Warehouse, Marou Chocolate, Fanny Ice Cream, Sea Links City, Victoria Resort, Le Fruit, Cocobeach Resort, Blue Ocean Resort, Full Moon Village, Jibes Beach Club, Coca Cola, 69 Slam, Takalau Resort, Chasseur Blanc, and Dragon Beach. Mui Ne Windsurf Race Series This year also saw the introduction of “The Mui Ne Windsurf Race Series” created and managed by Pascal Lefebvre of Jibes Beach Club. This race series is a combination of three windsurf events held each year in Mui Ne. The points are taken from each event Surf4You Cup, Vetratoria Russian Cup and Jibes Vietnam Fun Cup, tabulated to get the top three winners all receiving very substantial cash prizes. Text: Adie Casket Photo: Pascal Also interesting: Vietnam: Overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: business community delighted with PM’s initiative on labour competitiveness
    23.02.2017
    Vietnam is at a crucial stage of economic development, progressing from a being a low income to middle-income country. To continue this very positive trend, the country must be ever more internationally competitive. This can be achievedby observing what is happening within Vietnam and by learning from neighbouring countries. The World Bank and the Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) are assisting the government with ideas on how this can be accomplished. At the VBF recently, I made a suggestion to the Prime Minister about how flexible overtime, strategically controlled wage increases, better administration on foreign work permits and reviewing the labour code could all support Vietnam in becoming a more competitive internationally. The government has indicated that they are progressing on each of these issues, which is excellent news for everyone. Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon The Prime Minister himself has indicated that these HR matters are one of his top priorities. He has given a timetable regarding how the government will be working towards reaching these goals. The VBF sees this as an extremely positive development and they will contribute with their technical expertise and their knowledge on these topics in order to help in any way possible. Currently, Vietnam has one of the lowest overtime caps in the world. This makes it challenging for manufacturers to meet flexible export demands. I proposed to increase the overtime cap so it is closer to international standards, bringing Vietnam closer to the practices of regional peers such as China, Thailand, and Cambodia among others. This will make Vietnam more attractive to foreign export manufacturing investors and speed up industrialization. Another factor for foreign manufacturers to consider when entering the Vietnamese market is long-term employment cost. In China, there has been rapid wage inflation and the country already seems unattractive to international investors, because the country is no longer as cost-competitive. The government in Vietnam is planning to give clear controls and forward guidance on wage inflation, making the Vietnamese market more attractive to overseas manufactures, creating jobs to everyone’s benefit. For Vietnam to reach international standards, they need to transfer knowledge from other countries. The easiest way to do this is to have global experts come here to help businesses. The efficient administration of foreign work permits is an easy way to improve this vital knowledge flow. The Prime Minister correctly identified that reforming the Labour Code will benefit Vietnamese workers, the business community and the country. I organized recommendations from many chambers of commerce and we all look forward to developments in this regard. There are already some outstandingly good companies and human resources in Vietnam, with some of these already better than almost any other country in the world. Vietnam I believe has the potential to be one of the most successful countries in the world. The VBF and World Bank will do everything they can to share their knowledge to benefit Vietnam.The resulting strong domestic private business sector reduces the country’s dependency on foreigners, which is more economically sustainable in the long term. Vietnam has had the highest and fairest growth rate in the world over the last 20 years, so the business community and the World Bank are the first to praise the government for this achievement. A communist system is actually far more responsive and accountable than most foreigners would guess. The VBF put forward the business community’s case and the government has worked with us to get a really positive result. I am from England and cannot imagine being able to achieve such a good result with my own government – Vietnam is better in that regard. It is wonderful to see the World Bank, the VBF and the government all agreeing and working in the same direction. The Prime Minister has started a process which I have every confidence will bring Vietnam successfully to its next level of development. We thank the government for their leadership and achievements. Text & photo: Colin Blackwell, Chairman of HR Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: Nha Trang hosts APEC First Senior Officials’ Meeting
    21.02.2017
    First Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 1) and Related Meetings from February 18 to March 3 will gather in Nha Trang city, Viet Nam 1.500 plus delegates of 21 member economies of APEC. According to press release of APEC 2017 National Committee, SOM 1 to take place under the chairmanship of APEC 2017 SOM Chair Bui Thanh Son, and related meetings offer an essential platform for APEC member economies to kick off substantive discussions to advance APEC cooperation, leading up to APEC 2017’s Leaders’ Week at Da Nang city this November. Around 1,900 delegates from member economies, representatives from the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and other regional and international organizations as well as the business community will participate in SOM 1 and the 56 working group and committee-level meetings. Under the overarching theme “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”, SOM 1 and related meetings will discuss on the priorities for APEC cooperation in 2017. APEC delegates will also exchange ways to advance those priorities with concrete initiatives, which set the ground for deliverables to be submitted to APEC Ministers and Economic Leaders later. SOM 1, preceded by the meetings of the four Committees on Trade and Investment, Economic, Economic and Technical Cooperation, and Budget and Management, will identify key areas of work and set agenda for cooperation on a wide range of issues, including trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, emergency preparedness, quality growth, technical and economic cooperation, anti-corruption and transparency, human resource development, custom procedures, food security and agriculture, life science and innovation,… At a time the world and the region are undergoing profound changes and continued slow economic and trade growth, APEC member economies will particularly focus on ways to strengthen cooperation and to contribute to fostering growth and economic integration in the Asia – Pacific region. The APEC Deputy Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting will also take place in Nha Trang city from 23 to 24 February. Source: APEC 2017 National Committee   ALSO INTERESTING: Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: overtime laws could change soon Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite TOURISM ISSUES: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: Overtime laws could change soon
    16.02.2017
    Vietnam has one of the strictest overtime caps in the world, making the country less attractive for investors. Normal working time in Vietnam is limited to 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week. Overtime cannot exceed 200 hours per year. "We would like to remind you that Vietnam's overtime cap is much stricter than anywhere else in the region," said Mr. Colin Blackwell, Vietnam Business Forum (VBF)'s Head of labor sub-committee who is also a judge of the Vietnam HR Awards 2016. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) propose that Vietnamese employees ought to be permitted to work a maximum of 600 extra hours per year. Two plans have been considered. The first is that the working time of an employee will be no more than 12 hours per day and less than five continuous days. The other is the same but limited to a maximum of 600 hours per year.It is expected to improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese workers with other countries in the region. Mr. Colin Blackwell believes that once the overtime cap is changed, it would help all foreign and domestic businesses to be more flexible and competitive. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked ministries and agencies to consider adjusting the overtime limit trying to meet the market demand and international rules. Text, photo: Mr. Colin Blackwell   Also interesting: Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam-Russia: VRB over the last 10 years
    16.02.2017
    Vietnam-Russia Joint Venture Bank (VRB) was established in 2006 by two leading banks of Vietnam and the Russian Federation: Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and VTB Bank (former Vneshtorgbank Russian Foreign Trade Bank). VRB's charter capital grew from 10 million USD at inception to 168.5 million USD (equivalent to 3,000 billion VND) this time. Especially, after nearly 10 years of steady and effective operation, VRB has achieved remarkable results, such as the work of governance is a top priority of consolidating the officer at all levels. Furthermore, VRB has created customer-oriented platform market and target customer groups to develop appropriate policies, such as: Russian enterprises operating in Vietnam, Vietnam – Russia Joint Venture Enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises, effective Imex business enterprises, have good financial situation, have the potential to use the products and services at the Bank. Besides, VRB focuses growth capital fund mobilization that forms the long-term stability, and balance to ensure capital adequacy prescribed. Building the product of full and competed services, in the right direction with the target customer is the Russian customers such as: Bilateral channels payment KFT, credit package for the import and export business with Russia, paid services to Russian clients in foreign currency,… Deploy Core Banking System upgrade, ensure adequate management of the activities, meeting the rapidly expanding demand for products and services under development requirements; at the same time promoting the development of modern distribution channels (Internet Banking, Mobile Banking...). Gradually reducing NPL ratio, improving credit portfolio quality, improving incomes, overcoming losses through increasing net interest income. Constantly exert all VRB’s strengths to enhance service quality as well as the image and reputation to customers, VRB was recently awarded the certificate of “Top 10 most trusted enterprises of Vietnam in the same economic sector 2015” by Center of appraisal enterprise trust. Besides, VRB also affirms its position as in the Top 500 enterprises with the best prospect in 2016. It can be seen that the last 10 years, VRB has always co-operated to bring capital and financial solutions to best serve individual customers and businesses, entrepreneurs in Vietnam and abroad with products and services which are high quality, effective and meet the requirements in the process of international economic integration. With the mission of financial bridge, VRB is attempting to become the leading bank in serving small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and individual customers, especially customers in EAEU, the Russian Federation market and projects of EAEU in Vietnam and Vietnam's projects to invest in the Russian Federation. Besides, becoming the pioneer bank in digital technology is also one of the most important targets of VRB in the development process. Also interesting: Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam-Muine: SUP competition 2017
    09.02.2017
    Early morning, flat water and very light wind it can only mean “The 2017 King Of The Bay“ SUP competition. Equipment checked and boards lined up, the time counted down before the air horn sounded for a beach start (Surf4you). All competitors grabbed their gear and sprinted into the water to try and get ahead of the pack for a clean start. The best boards for a long distance SUP race are designed specifically for this discipline, focus is on making the most aquadynamic shape to cut through the waters but at the same time making sure the most light weight materials are used. Over the past few years more intense research has been going into inflatable boards, obviously this is all about keeping them light weight, top manufactures of this equipment currently used in this competition were Starboard, JP and Jimmy Lewis. Muine: Starboard testing in Muine Muine: Muine windsurf seasons Muine: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition - 12.2016 As the competitors disappeared in to the distance accompanied by the safety boat it could still be anyone’s race. Spectators hurry to get on their motor bikes eager to reach the finish line (Jibe’s Beach Club) before the leaders arrive. Excited eyes scan the horizon to see the first silhouettes come into view. To warm rounds of applause, cheering and even accompanied by the sounds of a trumpeter Mr Sergei Tovkan powered himself the last few meters through the water and crossed the line in a sprint finish to claim first place for the third time in a row. Sergei’s time was clocked at 39 minutes and 31 seconds just over his personal best of 38 minutes and 21 seconds. 2nd, and 3rd was a close finish seeing Alexander Melniehenko crossing the line next with Michael Krarchenko taking 3rd. Text: Adie Casket Photo: Pascal Also interesting: Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation – 29.01.2017 Trump’s cap – made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 – Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: 67,262 visitors from USA in January 2017
    05.02.2017
    For the first time in recent years the structure of TOP3 international arrivals to Vietnam changed. Traditionally there were China, Korea, Japan. In January 2017 Japan out from TOP3, replaced by visitors from USA. Number of visitors from USA to Vietnam in January 2017 reached 67.262 arrivals. It is a third line in arrival records after visitors from China (247,621 arrivals) and Korea (171,932 arrivals). For many years, the 3rd line in the list was "reserved" for Japanese visitors, but in January 2017, increasing arrivals from USA broke this trio. International visitors to Viet Nam in January 2017 reached 1,007,238 arrivals. For the first time in the history of national tourism industry statistic records, Vietnam got more than 1 million international arrivals. Also interesting: Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017 - Feb.2017 Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Thailand: Chiang Mai flower festival 2017
    02.02.2017
    Chiang Mai Flower Festival is organized to showcase its beautiful flowers and decorative plants which are in full bloom towards the end of the winter season in early February. Date: 3-5 February 2017. Flower and agricultural exhibitions, floral displays and contests are in the program of festival. Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand Also interesting: Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors TOURISM: 2016 OVERVIEW Vietnam:1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Thailand: foreign visitors in 2016 Singapore: foreign visitors in 2016
  • Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016
    02.02.2017
    Japan welcomed over 24 million visitors in 2016. Total international visitors in 12 months 2016 to Japan reached 24.039.000 arrivals. Increase 21.8% over the 12 months of 2015. According to Japan National Tourism Organization, the above figures are total number of foreign visitors to Japan, including both business visitors and tourists. Top10 nationalities, visited Japan in 2016, are as follows: China: 6 373 000 visitors South Korea: 5 090 300 visitors Taiwan: 4 167 400 visitors Hong Kong: 1 839 200 visitors USA: 1 242 700 visitors Thailand: 901 400 visitors Australia: 445 200 visitors Malaysia: 394 200 visitors Singapore: 361 800 visitors Philippines: 347 800 visitors Change in % 2016/2015 among international visitors to Japan listed in TOP10 China: plus 27.6% South Korea: plus 27.2% Taiwan: plus 13.3% Hong Kong: plus 20.7% USA: plus 20.3% Thailand: plus 13.1% Australia: plus 18.4% Malaysia: plus 29.1% Singapore: plus 17.2% Philippines: plus 29.6% The highest growth international arrivals to Japan in 2016 comparing to 2015 listed in Top10 fixed from Malaysian market and marked 29.1%. Growth of visitors from China to Japan increased 27.6%, reached 6 373 000 visitors. Also interesting: Vietnam:1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Japan: 24.039.000 foreign visitors in 2016 VIETNAM: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: 1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017
    01.02.2017
    International visitors to Viet Nam in January reached 1,007,238 arrivals. For the first time in the history of national tourism industry statistic records, Vietnam got more than 1 million international arrivals. Increase 12.3% over last month and up 23.6 % over the same period last year (1.2016). TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in January 2017 China: 247,621 visitors Korea: 171,932 visitors USA: 67,262 visitors Japan: 66,394 visitors Russia: 58,586 visitors Australia: 44,143 visitors Taiwan: 39,495 visitors Malaysia: 32,471 visitors Thailand: 29,015 visitors England: 24,094 visitors For the first time in recent years the structure of TOP3 international arrivals to Vietnam changed. Traditionally there were China, Korea, Japan. In January 2017 Japan out from TOP3, replaced by visitors from USA. Total international arrivals in 12 months 2016 to Vietnam reached 10,012,735 arrivals. Increase 26.0% over the 12 months of 2015. As officially announced by Tourism Authority of Vietnam. International visitors to Viet Nam in December estimated 897,279 arrivals, increase 17.9% over the same period last year. Also interesting: Vietnam:1,007,238 foreign visitors in January 2017 Putin-Trump telephone conversation - 29.01.2017 Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 VIETNAM: 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Putin-Trump telephone conversation
    29.01.2017
    Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump on January 28, 2017. Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on taking office and wished him every success in his work. During the conversation, both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilise and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis. Mr Putin and Mr Trump had a detailed discussion of pressing international issues, including the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, strategic stability and non-proliferation, the situation with Iran’s nuclear programme, and the Korean Peninsula issue. The discussion also touched upon the main aspects of the Ukrainian crisis. The sides agreed to build up partner cooperation in these and other areas. The two leaders emphasised that joining efforts in fighting the main threat – international terrorism – is a top priority. The presidents spoke out for establishing real coordination of actions between Russia and the USA aimed at defeating ISIS and other terrorists groups in Syria. The sides stressed the importance of rebuilding mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between the two counties’ business communities, which could give an additional impetus to progressive and sustainable development of bilateral relations. Mr Putin and Mr Trump agreed to issue instructions to work out the possible date and venue for their meeting. Donald Trump asked to convey his wishes of happiness and prosperity to the Russian people, saying that the American people have warm feelings towards Russia and its citizens. Vladimir Putin, in turn, emphasised that the feeling is mutual, adding that for over two centuries Russia has supported the United States, was its ally during the two world wars, and now sees the United States as a major partner in fighting international terrorism. The two leaders agreed to maintain regular personal contacts. The conversation took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere. Text & photo: www.kremlin.ru ALSO INTERESTING: Trump's cap - made in Vietnam Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam got 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Trump's cap - made in Vietnam
    21.01.2017
    President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday made a call to "buy American and hire American." One of the symbols of this campaign was a popular Trump's trademark red baseball caps with slogan "Make America Great Again". Many Americans who proudly bought these caps to support the campaign with great surprise had read on the label inside the cap, that their red caps "Make America Great Again" were made in Vietnam. As well as China and Bangladesh. This information spread worldwide from top famous news agencies to social media. Reuters said: "The Trump hats available for purchase on Trump's official campaign website are made in the United States and cost between $25 and $30, according to the label inside those caps. But they are also more expensive than the $20 versions sold by street vendors in Washington on Friday." Globalization as it is :) Also interesting: Vietnam: year APEC 2017 Vietnam got 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016 Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: year APEC 2017
    03.01.2017
    Year 2017 is one of the most important for Vietnam. In 2017 Vietnam will be hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. Around 200 activities, including eight ministerial-level conferences, will be held across Vietnamese cities and provinces in the framework APEC-2017. The 25th APEC Summit will take place in Danang city in the central part if Vietnam, scheduled on 5-10 November 2017. More than 10.000 delegates are expected to visit Danang during 25th APEC Summit. Also interesting: Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam got 10,012,735 foreign visitors in 2016
    29.12.2016
    Total international arrivals in 12 months 2016 to Vietnam reached 10,012,735 arrivals. Increase 26.0% over the 12 months of 2015. As offucially announced by Tourism Authority of Vietnam. International visitors to Viet Nam in December estimated 897,279 arrivals, increase 17.9% over the same period last year. TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam, who they are? Leading TOP3 are visitors from China, Korea, Japan. Top1: China - 2.696.848 Top2: Korea - 1,543,883 Top3: Japan - 740,592 All from Asia region. They are following by mix of both long-distance travellers and regional neighbour visitors. Top4: USA - 552,644 Top5: Taiwan - 507,301 Top6: Russia - 433,987 Top7: Malaysia - 407,574 Top8: Australia - 320,678 Top9: Thailand - 266,984 Top10: Singapore - 257,041 What were the increase in % among TOP10 international arrivals to Vietnam in 2016? China: plus 51.4% Korea: plus 38.7% Japan: plus 10.3% USA: plus 12,5% Taiwan: plus 15.6% Russia: plus 28.1% Malaysia: plus 17.6% Australia: plus 5.6% Thailand: plus 24.4% Singapore: plus 8.7% 1st July 2015 Vietnam has officially decided to grant visa-free access for nationals of 5 countries including UK, France, Germany, France and Spain. Arrivals from these 5 countries to Vietnam in 2016 are as following: UK: 254,841 (plus 19.8%) France: 240,808 (plus 13.8%) Germany: 176,015 (plus 18.1%) Italy: 51,265 (plus 27.2%) Spain: 57,957 (plus 29%) Also interesting: Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam 100 years ago: Saigon impressions
    16.12.2016
    The climate is excessively hot, and necessitates most special care being taken of one's health. From the middle of October to the middle of April it is exceedingly rare for a single drop of rain to fall. Then, again, at other times of the year it will rain continuously, May being as a rule the most rainy month. During my stay in Saigon the thermometer registered 102 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade. Saigon, the capital, is about 50 miles up the river Dong-Nai from the sea. The river is wide, and navigable at certain states of the tide for vessels up to 8000 tons. It is an absolutely unique town of over 20,000 inhabitants a veritable little Paris ! Some of the public buildings are magnificent. Such buildings as the Palace of the Governor - General, the Cathedral, the clubs, barracks, hospitals, Post Office, and various public edifices show how carefully have been safeguarded the interests and the comforte of the various officials by a thoughtful Government. Not only is the architecture of the exteriors beautiful one might almost say magnificent but no expense has been spared on the internal decoration and comforte. Walking along the lovely boulevards alive, some of them, not only with vegetation as well as French life one might readily imagine oneself in a good-sized French provincial town. What could be more exquisite than the Zoological Gardens, or the Town's Gardens. In the Place de 1'Opera are placed several really Parisian hotels and cafes, where one can sit out of doors and listen to charming music. Almost every evening also there are military or naval bands performing in the public squares. The finest building in Saigon is, I think, the Opera House, which cost two million francs, and is subsidised by the French Government for six months iu the year. In it one can hear the very best of grand opera. Text: Gypsy To Jeih Pun, the land of 3850 islands, and elsewhere Publication date: 1907 Topics Japan - Description and travel, Philippines, Indochina Publisher: Aberdeen - Aberdeen Daily Journal Photo: old photo from internet ××××× VIETNAM 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s Vietnam 100 years ago: Annamite ladies pantaloons and black teeth ××××× APEC 2017 The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang - Article by Vladimir Putin APEC 2017: President Trump at APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex A) APEC 2017: Da Nang Declaration (Annex B)
  • Japan: tale about Princess Kaguya Hime
    15.12.2016
    This tale is considered among the oldest Japanese narrative in existence. One of the favoutite tales for every Japanese child. Nowadays it is very popular as well, also due to anime version of 2013. The story about Princess Kaguya in original Japanese is known as Taketori Monogatari or The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The tale goes as follows. *** One day, an old bamboo cutter was walking through a bamboo forest and came across a shining stalk of bamboo. He cut it open and found inside it a lovely baby-girl the size of his thumb. Since he and his wife were childless, he rejoiced and brought her back home. Old couple raised her as their own child and named her Kaguya-hime. From then on, the bamboo cutter found that whenever he cut down a stalk of bamboo, inside would be a small nugget of gold and soon, he grew very rich. Meanwhile, Kaguya-Hime grew into an extraordinarily beautiful young lady. News of her beauty spread far and wide. Eventually, many man came to ask for her hand in marriage. Among them, five personcs, including 2 princes, ministers and commander were very insisting. In response, Kaguya-Hime created impossible tasks for these 5 men, telling them that she would marry the one who managed to fulfill his specific and difficult task. Kaguya-Hime asked to bring to her as a gift of love rare and sacred pieces. Namely there were: bowl of the Lord Buddha from India, branch from the gold tree with pearls as flowers from the mystic island of Horai, the legendary robe of the fire-rat from China, a magic gem from a dragon's neck and special cowrie from the swallows, which helped for easy childbirth to a mother. The first prince was smart and pragmatic. He realized, that it was an impossible task with many dangers could happened on the long journey. Prince decided not to go far and returned with an expensive bowl. However, Kaguya-hime saw his trick and wrote about hus trick in her goodbye poem to him. The second and third candidates also tried to trick her with fakes. But failed as the first. The fourth gave up and the final prince lost his life while trying. After hearing of these incidents, Mikado, the Emperor of Japan, decided to visit Kaguya-hime and see with his own eyes, her unearthly beauty. Mikado fell in love with her at first sight and asked her to marry him. Though he was not forced to perform the impossible tasks the other princes had to undergo, Kaguya-hime rejected his proposal, telling him that she was not of his country and thus could not go to the palace with him. At the same time, during that summer, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, her eyes would well with tears. Her increasingly strange behavior worried her eldery parents greatly. It got to the point that Kagyua-hime revealed to them that she was not of their world. She came from the Moon and her sad mood was because of the fact that she would have to return to her people on a designated date. As that day drew nearer, the Mikado sent guards around her house to protect Kaguya-Hime. A group of "Heavenly Beings" arrived at her house and blinded the guards with a strange light. With this, Kaguya-hime announced to everyone that though she loved many people on Earth, she had to return to her true home. She wrote a letter to the Mikado, attached a small portion of the elixir of life. Kaguya-Hime said good-bye to her loving old parents. After that, a feather robe was placed on her shoulders and with that, all of her compassion and sadness she had for the people of Earth left her.
  • Vietnam: Starboard testing in Muine
    13.12.2016
    Nothing stays the same in the sport of windsurfing. Companies are always pushing every year to discover the latest shapes and designs to keep their products at the top of the game. Test locations are chosen based on their wind and water conditions, so it’s no surprise that one of the leading windsurf board developers “Starboard” chooses Jibe’s Beach Club Mui Ne to bring their new ideas and concepts in to reality. This year’s secret testing was headed as usual by Remi Villa and his team of Pro Windsurfers Tristan Algret GPE 44, Gonzalo Costa Hovel ARG3:As head of the racing department at Starboard, Remi Vila is constantly looking for an edge that will make his hugely successful I-Sonic (Slalom Board) just that little bit quicker than the rest. Once out on the water the test team is not difficult to spot, just look for the largest camber sails cutting through the wind at the most astonishing speeds; camber sails are usually the weapon of choice as the test team tries to achieve as much power from the wind as they can. Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Mui Ne winds did not disappoint, giving some great conditions for the team to work their magic. Board after board was taken out to be put through its paces, results collected and then the fine tuning starts. Each board is passed over to the man with the fine tuning skills X; known locally as “The Ninja”, I presume due to all his protective clothing. As he busily sets to work mixing the latest resins and compounds, making the finest of changes to the board design which can result in major aquadynamic effects. The skills needed to achieve this are unobtainable to most. These test sessions attract the attention of local high level riders eager to catch a glimpse of what will soon be available to buy, but a strict no camera policy is adopted so as to keep and latest designs and ideas far from the competitor’s eyes. To see the whole testing and shaping process is certainly something to watch and gives the average windsurfer an idea of the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into each board. Testing is now completed for 2018 I-sonic but if you want to catch a glimpse of what Starboard has planned for their next releases then come to visit around November/December but please remember no cameras allowed. Text and photo: Pascal Also interesting: Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Thailand: new king Rama X Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Thailand: Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall
    12.12.2016
    When it comes to capital cities, Bangkok is relatively young, being founded back in 1782. But over the course of two centuries, the Chakri Kings and populist politicians have striven to give the city all the stately aura and sophistication that a political and cultural capital should possess. Explore, and you’ll find statues, parks, palaces and galleries. But most impressive is its rather respectable thoroughfare Ratchadamnoen Avenue, which compares favourably with Paris’s Champs-Élysées, or the Mall in London. Ratchadamnoen is the artery through which Thailand’s modern history flows, with the architectural glories of Rattankosin at one end and the breath-taking Italianate Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall at the other. The domed, neo-classical Throne Hall seems an anomaly in tropical Bangkok. Crafted from dazzling Carrara marble, the building would surely be more at home in Paris or Pisa, but it was actually the brainchild of the Thai King Rama V the Great who required a reception hall for guests of the court. So he commissioned Italian architects, Annibale Rigotti and Mario Tamagno (who also designed Bangkok’s Hua Lampong Station and the original Oriental Hotel), to bring his vision to life. It’s a wonderful wedding cake of a building, and gleams under the bright Asian sun, and up close you find many elegant details, faces and carvings all created by sculptor Vittorio Novi. The exterior elegance continues inside. When you enter and scale the curved staircase, you find yourself in a small but sumptuous octagonal hall, the wall panels decorated with a shimmering collage of beetle wings that must have taken hundreds of hours of work. This attention to detail continues in the main reception hall, so prepare to be regally impressed. The deep carpets, royal insignia and soaring Corinthian pillars can rival the majesty of any European palace. But when you raise your eyes skyward, it’s the Thai elements of the glorious murals that make you gasp. These paintings tell the story of the Chakri Dynasty from the reign of Rama I the Great to Rama VI – you’ll see King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) freeing the slaves and Rama II supervising the beautification of Bangkok’s temples from the back of an elephant. So not only is the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall worth seeing in itself, as an iconic and beautiful piece of Thai history, it is also perfectly complemented by the Arts of the Kingdom exhibition. The Throne Hall is the perfect setting for the real and eternal jewels of Thailand – the sumptuous artistry, skills and talents of the Thai people that have thrived and developed over centuries. Text & photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand Also interesting: Thailand: new King Rama X Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Vietnam: domestic private sector and international standards
    10.12.2016
    The Vietnamese government, the chambers of commerce, the world bank and ambassadors gathered in Hanoi on Monday, December 5, 2016 at "Vietnam Business Forum". The main topic was how the Vietnamese domestic private sector could bring itself up to international standards. The labour productivity achieved in Vietnam by some leading foreign investors was amongst the best in the world. If these same standards could be applied to the larger domestic sector, then Vietnam could genuinely be one of the most successful countries in the world. The way the top foreign companies achieve these results is consistent and not a secret. They channel the naturally intelligent and hardworking Vietnamese labour using clear and fair international standard human resource practices. On top of this there are some unique Vietnamese cultural strengths that allow a higher performance than even Chinese, Japanese, European or American workers. The Vietnamese family spirit can be turned into unrivaled teamwork. The Vietnamese fighting spirit can be turned into unbeatable motivation and winning spirit. I showed that the government, foreign investors and the domestic sector could mutually support and benefit from each other. I suggested the way forward as the establishment of a Vietnamese Human Resources Institute, similar to that which most peer countries in he region have had for decades already. It is the role of the human resources profession to introduce these top standards to the domestic sector. This would largely be in the form of standardized government accredited vocational training standards. Vietnam has already made remarkable economic progress. The World Bank stated that the growth rate is second only to China and that the wealth distribution is very equitable. But the best is yet to come - when the full potential of the Vietnamese workforce is realized, Vietnam will achieve one if the highest GDPs per capita in the world. This will happen faster than many people inside or outside of the country expect. Text & photo: Colin Blackwell Also interesting: Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Citizenship-by-investment for Asia's elite Thailand: new king Rama X Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors
  • Vietnam: the 6th Jibes Sunrise Surf competition
    09.12.2016
    This year the competition was held towards the end of November on the beautiful beach of Full Moon Village Suoi Nuoc. We held out as long as we could for the best conditions and the waves did not disappoint, neither did the competitors. We saw a definite increase in local Vietnamese riders, great to see local enthusiasm from some of the best Vietnamese riders in the country. Other nationalities included Russia, America, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Italy and Spain, making for a great mix of nationalities sharing their passion together. With over 32 competitors we knew this was going to be one of the most exciting Surf competitions seen so far. As is the surfing way, it was an early start, the first competitors arriving at 05.00 to get some practise sessions. Glassy conditions with some clean frequent sets made for a perfect start to the heats. Due to the large number of competitors heats were arranged for ten minutes each with three-four competitors per heat. We saw some outstanding SUP action, the Vung Tao riders really gave the competition some edge and drama as they paddled it out to make it in to the next round. The Female surf event also saw some vast improvements from last year with an increase in both competitor numbers as well as riding style. As the heats continued and the unlucky competitors were knocked out of the running, we gradually arrived at the finals. The Men’s Surf division saw the four top riders (Sky Rama, Tai, Win and August) giving it all they had to take top position. The SUP finalists (Dimitry, Lam, Joao and Pavel) gave a great nail biting final performance, showing off their skills and all looking for the best wave to take them to the top of the podium. The female finals came down to the top competitors (Anna and Anya) head to head they fought against each other, neither one wanting to give up before the sound of the final horn. After the last heat was completed in each division the results were collected and anxious faces waited to hear the final results. The closing ceremony and award giving was held straight after the event, prizes this year included such gifts as Starboard SUP paddle, 6’ Jibes Fish Surf Board, Shamal eye wear, hotel vouchers, Bee surfing surf wax, golf vouchers, mini golf vouchers, restaurant and food vouchers, water sport rental vouchers and many many bottles of Freixenet Champagne. Big thanks goes out to all our sponsors who made this event possible, Coca Cola, La Vie, Tropical Mini Golf, Lang Ca Voi, Bee Surfing Wax, Sea Links, Blue Ocean Resort, AHI, Dragon Beach, Pizza Belle, The Warehouse, Le Fruit, Real Adventures and Full Moon Village. Warm thanks to all those involved, hope to see you all again next year with more new faces, nationalities and the creation of some new surfing memories. Text and photo: Pascal Also interesting: Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Thailand: new King Rama X
    02.12.2016
    Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became new king of Thailand on Thursday, December 1, 2016. An official announcement was done after Crown Prince accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX The Great, who passed away in October. On official ceremony at Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Crown Prince was crowned as the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Rama X, the 10th king of Chakri Dynasty of Thailand. H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was widely loved by all Thai nation and regarded as a pillar of stability during decades of political turbulence in the country. New King of Thailand told Reuteurs: "Because of the popularity and veneration of the previous king it would be hard for any person to step into the role because of expected comparisons". Photo: Thailand Royal Household Bureau Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Citizenship-by-Investment for Asia’s Elite
    23.11.2016
    The majority of the world’s wealthy elite have traditionally hailed from those parts of the world with advanced Western economies; most notably from Europe and North America. This trend is, however, shifting east as Asia now mints more new high net worth- and ultra-high net worth individuals than any other part of the world. At the end of 2015, there were 5.1 million high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in Asia Pacific with a combined wealth of US$17.4 trillion. A growing trend amongst these wealthy individuals is the desire to obtain an alternative or second citizenship. As demand drives supply, the number of Citizenship-by-Investment Programs (CIPs) available to HNWIs and their families has steadily increased over the last few years and is expected to continue to do so. In exchange for a significant financial contribution or investment to the domestic economy, CIPs offer the world’s wealthy elite with the opportunity to obtain citizenship and in so doing provide them with something that is less tangible and more desirable than any material object – the ability to transcend into a Global Citizen with access to all the benefits which that affords. There are a multitude of reasons why wealthy people apply to these CIPs including personal security, tax planning and mobility. In Asia, the primary motive behind obtaining a second passport has been driven by the limited ‘travel-ability’ of the majority of Asia-domiciled passports. The biggest market being motivated by the ability to achieve greater mobility is China, whose nationals hold a passport that allows visa free access to just 50 countries around the world. Other key markets whose Nationals have limited visa free access include Thailand (71), the Philippines (61), Indonesia (58), Vietnam (47) and Bangladesh (39)2. HNWIs in these countries therefore look to the CIPs in the Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda3, Dominica, Grenada4 and St. Kitts and Nevis, amongst others, which provide wealthy foreign nationals who invest into these countries with visa free access to up to 134 countries including those in the European Union (EU). The CIPs in the Caribbean offer applicants the opportunity to become citizens either by making a contribution to a National Development Fund or by investing into an approved real estate project. The contribution amount can range from USD 100,000 to USD 250,000 while the minimum real estate investment required ranges from USD 200,000 to USD 400,000 depending on the country of application. There is also government due diligence- and processing fees in addition to this. Processing times vary per country but typically range from 3 to 6 months with limited to no physical presence required in the country either during the application process or once citizenship is obtained5 Text: Dominic Volek, Managing Partner Henley & Partners Singapore, Head South East Asia Photo: Dmitriy & Liudmila Kharitonova Also interesting: Some history linking Vietnam and Trump Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Some history linking Vietnam and Trump
    14.11.2016
    During the Cold War era, American president's actions were largely driven by the practicalities the international situation rather than ideology. Vietnam had a very large impact on American political thinking due to the cost and unpopularity of the war. Partly in response to this, Richard Nixon came up with the "Nixon Doctrine" which said that whilst America would support allies, it would not take disproportionate responsibility for another nation's problems. In other words they would look after America first and other countries had to do their fair share. One of Nixon's relatively junior administration officials was called Roger Stone, who went on to have a long political career. Stone remained a loyal follower of Nixon long after the Nixon presidency, reportedly even getting a Nixon tattoo recently. The same Roger Stone seems to be a close political adviser to Donald Trump. Now Trump's foreign policy seems to be acting in America's own interests first, openly calling for allies to do more of their fair share in tackling their local problems. So Trump's foreign policy appears to be very close to the Nixon Doctrine as shaped by the war with Vietnam. Text: Colin Blackwell Photo: Internet Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Vietnam: fly Hong Kong - Nha Trang from 40 usd
    10.11.2016
    First direct flight Nha Trang – Hong Kong officially launched on November 9, 2016. Flight operated by HK Express, the Hong Kong-based airline. HK Express has a reputation of the best low-cost airlines in Northeast Asia with about 6 million passengers each year. Khanh Hoa newspaper said: "The first flight from Hong Kong arrived at Cam Ranh International Airport at 4:10pm on November 9 after the flying time of 140 minutes. On this flight, HK Express carried 190 tourists and 7 tourist companies from Hong Kong to Nha Trang to survey tourist spots and tourist products. The flight on the opposite direction, departing at 5:50 pm, carried 30 passengers to Hong Kong". HK Express offers twice weekly flights Hong Kong - Nha Trang - Hong Kong. Flights are operating on Wednesdays and Sundays. Flight duration: 2h20. According to Khanh Hoa newspaper: "On the launching occasion, the fare starts from USD40 for flying time from November 9, 2016 and March 25, 2017". Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Singapore: ITF-2017 theme
    08.11.2016
    The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member nations of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries. In 2017, the ATF will be held and hosted in Singapore. This will be the 36th edition of ATF since it’s inauguration in Malaysia in 1981 and the third time in Singapore. ATF 2017 has slogan ‘Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together’ This theme reflects the continual, collective efforts by ASEAN member states to influence and address various challenges and opportunities, as we jointly develop the tourism industry in Southeast Asian region. As 2017 is also the 50th Anniversary of the formation of ASEAN, this theme also aptly complements the ‘Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebrations’ campaign, as it highlights ASEAN’s efforts in shaping the tourism journey, its development and achievements." DATE: 18 - 20 January 2017 VENUE: Marina Bay Sands Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls A, B &C, Level 1 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956 Operating Hours: 9am – 6.00pm REGISTER AS BUYER, SELLER, MEDIA www.atf2017.com ATF 2017 comprises the following components: TRAVEX ASEAN Tourism Conference ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) Meetings ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meetings Meetings of the three ASEAN Travel Trade Associations ATF 2017 aims to project ASEAN as an attractive, multi-faceted single destination Create and increase awareness of ASEAN as a highly competitive regional tourist destination in the Asia Pacific. Attract more tourists to ASEAN member countries and promote intra-ASEAN travel. Strengthen cooperation among the various sectors of the ASEAN tourism industry. As the annual convention of the ASEAN tourism industry, ATF also provides the platform for the exchange of ideas, review of industry developments and joint formulation of recommendations to further accelerate the growth of ASEAN tourism. Also interesting: Vietnam: new flight connected Hong Kong - Nha Trang Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Russia: Eastern economic forum Singapore: MICE Asia Pacific expo 2016 Thailand: Chinese tourists arrivals reached record numbers  
  • Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino
    06.11.2016
    New Decree of the Ministry of Finance will allow local Vietnamese to enter designated casinos located at The Van Don and Phu Quoc integrated resorts on a trial basis. Following the ruling party’s decision on the new gaming industry, the Ministry of Finance has come up with a new draft decree which is much more realistic than previous draft versions in 2013 and June and September-October 2016. The new version was drafted based on the Party’s decision and covered all the issues of major interest to investors and operators. Prof. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh, Senior Advisor to the Van Don Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resorts, emphasized some key points including: 1. MOF divides the gaming industry into two levels, large casinos with US$2 billion in investment, and small casinos with any investment below the $2 billion investment level. 2. The draft decree made it clear local Vietnamese, 21 years and above making around US$500 per month in salary, without criminal records, and no objection from family members, i.e. spouses, parents, children, will be allowed to enter casinos. 3. The Van Don and Phu Quoc integrated resorts are designated locations for local Vietnamese. There will be a trial period of 3 years from the date they receive the gaming license. 4. The gaming license will be for a period of 20 years with a one-time non-renewable extension of 10 years. 5. Investors or operators have to commit a minimum of US$2 billion for each integrated resort and a 50 percent disbursement, or $1 billion has to be made before a gaming license is granted. 6. For each US$10 million in disbursed investment, investors can operate one gaming table and 10 electronic gaming or slot machines. Now that the Party leaders have decided on the future of the Vietnam gaming industry and the next steps, I believe MOF will soon release the final gaming decree, possibly in the next few months. Text: Augustine Ha Ton Vinh Photo: Internet Also interesting: Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Thailand: Grand Palace is reopening its doors to tourists
    01.11.2016
    Bangkok’s Grand Palace is reopening its doors to tourists and visitors from 1 November, 2016. However, as Thailand is still in an official mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, visitors to the Palace should wear appropriate and respectable attire. Thailand: Beloved King passed away The Bureau of the Royal Household as well as related authorities including the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Transport’s Marine Department, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have announced the following advice for tourists who would like to visit the Grand Palace. Entrance and exit For tourists, the Grand Palace is open every day from 08.30 – 15.30 Hrs. Tourists and visitors are advised to enter and exit at the Wiset Chaisri Gate only. Drop-off and pick-up locations for tourists: For group tours: there are three drop-off and pick-up locations for tour companies taking foreign group visitors to visit the Grand Palace. 1. Travel by car only: drop-off and pick-up at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel. 2. Travel by car and boat: arrival by car, drop-off at the Royal Rattanakosin Hotel; return by boarding the boat at the Tha Chang Pier. 3. Travel by boat only: boarding the boat (maximum capacity: 400 passengers) both ways at Asiatique The Riverfront, and access via the Tha Maharaj Pier. However, there is an extra cost of 130 Baht per person. Tour buses can park at the Rama VIII Bridge, the Old Southern Bus Terminal (about 1 km past Central Pinklao), Wat Dusidaram (at the foot of Phra Pinklao Bridge on the Thon Buri side). For smaller tour vehicles or private cars, the drop-off and pick-up is at the Chang Rongsi Bridge. For Individual 1. Travel by BTS Sky Train: get off at the Saphan Taksin Station and take a boat to the Tha Chang Pier or the Tha Maharaj Pier. 2. Travel by MRT Bangkok Metro: get off at the Hua Lamphong Station (Bangkok Railway Station) and take a bus to the Grand Palace. Tourist facilitation and assistance: The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Tourist Police has deployed special-task officers and volunteers as well as Tourist Police officers with the ability to communicate in foreign languages to facilitate tourists and provide assistance. The six officers and volunteers are stationed at the Tourist Assistance tent opposite the Wiset Chaisri Gate from 08.30-16.30 Hrs., or call +66 (0) 2642 2767 (Chinese language) and +66 (0) 84 651 5549. The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has arranged to set up signage for the drop-off and pick-up locations in English and Chinese. The Marine Department will deploy Tourist Assistance officers at three piers: Tha Chang, Tha Maharaj and Asiatique The Riverfront. Tourists must show their passport at the checkpoints before entering the Grand Palace. And it is advised not to bring many belongings. Text & photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand website Also interesting: Vietnam: MOF allows Vietnamese to enter casino Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
  • Vietnam: new page of the gaming industry
    26.10.2016
    The ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has recently made it clear that it supports the creation of a new gaming industry and will allow local Vietnamese to enter designated casinos on a trial basis. Prof. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh, Senior Advisor to the Van Don Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resorts, commented about the new legislation with brief overview of the situation. In June 2013, the Party’s Politburo announced it supported a new Special Economic Zone and integrated resort on Van Don Island, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Ha Long Bay. Along with its support, the Politburo commissioned research to assess the socio-economic impacts of allowing local Vietnamese to enter casinos. After three years of soul searching and policy debates, the ruling party’s leaders believe now is the time to move ahead, creating a new gaming industry. Vietnamese Government authorities made clear a number of issues of great interest to investors, operators and local Vietnamese, namely: 1. Local Vietnamese will be allowed to visit designated casinos. 2. Van Don and Phu Quoc integrated resorts are the two locations authorized to accept local Vietnamese on a 3-year trial basis. 3. In addition to the four already approved locations for Integrated Resorts: Van Don, South Hoi An, Ho Tram, and Phu Quoc. Two more integrated resorts are under consideration: in Hue and Cam Ranh Bay. 4. Total investment for an integrated resort is US$2 billion. A minimum $1 billion has to be disbursed before a gaming license is granted. 5. Smaller casinos can be expanded, upgraded to a higher IR level if they meet financial and other requirements, e.g. significant contributions to local economic and tourism development. 6. The new and revised draft gaming casino has to be finalized as soon as possible. Since Van Don is near the China border in the North and Phu Quoc is close to Thailand and Cambodian borders in the South, having local Vietnamese in these two locations will definitely help attract much needed foreign investment to these areas which bear some resemblance to rural Macau in the past, and will help expedite the creation of the two special economic zones. I believe, under this new decision, local Vietnamese will not be allowed to enter Ho Tram, at least for the next few years. Text & photo: Augustine Ha Ton Vinh Also interesting: Forbes Vietnam business forum 2016 Singapore: ITB Asia 2016 opened doors Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions  
  • Thailand: Beloved King passed away
    15.10.2016
    King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. A statement from the Royal household bureau said: His Majesty “passed away peacefully” at 3.52pm (8.52am BST) on Thursday 13.10.2016 at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok. Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) gave the following recommendations to the visitors to Thailand: 1) Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. 2) Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites. 3) The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners. 4) Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 5) All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual. The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country. Also interesting: Thailand through Royal projects Thailand Royal projects: Chang Hua Man
  • Vietnam: Muine windsurf seasons
    12.10.2016
    Welcome to Mui Ne Vietnam, one of the best windsurfing locations in Asia, offering amazing conditions for complete beginners and pro level riders. Mui Ne can be split up into two wind seasons. 1) November-May brings regular strong cross on shore winds (10-28+ knots). 2) May-November sees more gentle winds and a little less frequent but it still blows and there are still lots of great sailing days to be had. So if it’s warm water, great wind and friendly people then look no further than Mui Ne Vietnam, the perfect windsurf destination for all levels. This is where windsurf dreams are made. Also interesting: Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made International windsurfing race 2016 Text: Adie Photo: Pascal For Full Water Sport information please contact: Jibes Beach Club 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, zip: 801 097 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, 062 3847405 info@windsurf-vietnam.com Adie@jibesbeachclub.com
  • Vietnam: the story behind street names
    09.10.2016
    From North to South many cities, towns and villages of Vietnam have streets with same names. Street names in Vietnam usually are taken from important events and people in Vietnamese history. Lets learn some more details about it. Lac Long Quan street and Au Co street are usually located nearly. Names are taken from legendary history: Lac Long Quan and Au Co, the Dragon and Fairy, are the sacred ancestors of Vietnamese nation. Hai Ba Trung street, Ba Trieu Street, Hung Vuong street. Names are taken from the very early times of Viet nation. Hung Vuong is a dinasty of 18 kings of Hung, who ruled the country in ancient times. Hung is a name. Vuong means "The king, or the ruler". Hai Ba Trung are Two honorable sisters Trung, ladies-warriors. Ba Trieu also a ruler and lady-warrior. Nguyen Du - famous poet, who wrote a poem "Kieu", as long as 3254 poetry lines. Nguyen Binh Khiem, also a poet of Vietnam. Old quarters in Hanoi, and the most famous is the 36 old streets quarter, are located near the lake. In old quaters street names take after the specific trades that dominated on this street: Silk street, Silversmith street, Ritual goods street.
  • Vietnam: traditional sweets
    05.10.2016
    Many traditional sweets and candies of Vietnam are made from beans, rice, preserved or candied fruits and vegetables. The last in Vietnamese language are named shortly "Mứt". "Mứt" is literally translated Jam, but it is really not exactly that sort of jam that is served on breakfast. Vietnamese "Mứt" is a kind of fruit candy. Homemade or factory made. Some varieties of "Mứt" posess very special taste, which can be enjoyed only by native Vietnamese, but hardly could be appreciated by foreigners. Before "Mứt" were cooked and sold mostly on occasion of Tet - Lunar New Year holidays. Packed in a lovely red color box, this sweet candies is "must-have" in every house to please elderies and bring joy to children on Tet celebrations. Nowadays Mứt are avaliable all year round. Also interesting: Vietnam: flowers of Tet lunar new year Vietnam: traditions of Tet holiday Vietnam: gifts for Tet holiday  
  • Thailand: culinary journey
    05.10.2016
    Thai people have always known that their nation’s dishes are tasty, distinctive and special; it has just taken the rest of the world a little longer to catch up. But the past two decades have seen Thai flavours explode onto the world’s culinary consciousness, and Thai food is loved for its blend of sweet, sour and salty dishes, fiery flavours and coconut creamy curries, and zesty sauces. Explore the cuisine and culture more deeply and you’ll discover that the different regions of Thailand boast their own distinctive flavours and flare. Also interesting: Thailand: Bangkok Thailand: Chiang Mai Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Songkran festival Thailand: glorious Ayutthaya The Central Plains, Thailand’s rice bowl, are characterised by freshwater-fish recipes, sour soups and curries, while the tropical South with its Muslim traditions offers bountiful seafood and dishes enriched with coconut, cardamom and cumin. I-san of course, is influenced by Lao PDR., so here you’ll find hot papaya salads, cured and raw meat and simple, tasty soups, perfect for filling the bellies of the region’s hardworking farmers. But it’s the food of Thailand’s North that attracts the most culinary converts. This region has long been influenced by Myanmar, China and Lao PDR., not to mention the kingdoms of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. And, as kingdoms have risen and fallen, they’ve all left their mark on Chiang Mai’s cuisine. The countryside and climate too have shaped the region’s food. Cooler Northern climes mean hot chili is seldom used to disguise spoiled food – a more warming heat comes from galangal and peppers. Fewer palm trees in the region mean coconut dishes are traditionally rare while many Chiang Mai dishes have a distinctive bitter element, thanks to shoots and leaves collected in the local forests. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo credit: TAT website
  • Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made
    04.10.2016
    Muine in Vietnam is one of the best windsurfing locations in Asia, offering amazing conditions for complete beginners and pro level riders. Muine for beginners: Flat water and light wind is what every beginner needs and that is what you’ll get, morning time is beginner time. Complete beginners should expect to learn a minimum of 2-3 hours with a professional and qualified instructor to get to a safe and independent riding level. Also interesting: Vietnam: Muine windsurf seasons Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made International windsurfing race 2016 Muine for intermediate and Pro’s: Afternoons are when the serious action starts, average wind speeds of 18 knots+ cross onshore direction with some wave action for those looking to get more radical. Text: Adie Photo: Pascal For Full Water Sport information please contact: Jibes Beach Club 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, zip: 801 097 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, 062 3847405 info@windsurf-vietnam.com Adie@jibesbeachclub.com
  • Thailand: glorious Ayutthaya
    03.10.2016
    Capital of the Ayutthaya Empire, the city was founded in 1350, and was the second major capital of Siam (after Sukhothai). During its most glorious period, from the 14th to the 18th centuries, it was considered one of the largest and most beautiful cities in the world with glinting gilded temples and bustling waterways. The city was a centre of diplomacy and commerce and attracted traders from both Asia and Europe seeking luxury goods and Thai rice, which is valued worldwide for its fragrant quality even today. Ayutthaya flourished thanks to its strategic position on an island surrounded by three rivers that connected it to the Gulf of Thailand. This made it accessible to peoples; such as, the Portuguese, who first travelled to the city in the 1500s as members of the first official embassy from state-builder Afonso de Albuquerque, to King Ramathibodi II. Within five years, the two nations had a trade treaty in place. Later, other nations; such, as the Dutch were given permission to trade with Ayutthaya and Siamese ambassadors were sent as far afield as France, Japan, China and the Mughal city of Delhi. Also interesting: Thailand: Bangkok listed in TOP10 best cities Bangkok remains the 2nd top global city destination Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Songkran festival To this day, Ayutthaya remains one of the first places beyond Bangkok visited by tourists seeking a taste of Thai culture. As it’s just a short distance from Bangkok, it’s the perfect venue for a day of sightseeing and people often spend a few hours looking around the many temples and monuments before enjoying some of the famous local food and heading back to Bangkok. But Ayutthaya isn’t just important to Thailand and her people; it is regarded as a vital piece of world culture, too. This is why, in 1991, it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo credit: TAT website
  • Vietnam: when rain in HCMC
    03.10.2016
    Rainy season. Somedays it is very refreshing. The other day it is a disaster. Rainy evening in HCMC Waiting when rain stops River Nguyen Huu Canh
  • Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions
    27.09.2016
    The windsurf scene in Mui Ne is well established with a number of schools offering equipment rental. There are a number armature windsurf competitions being held throughout the high season in Mui Ne, we even hosted the 2011 PWA World Tour. 2017 seasons Mui Ne windsurf events. 18th Vietnam Fun Cup:17th & 18th February Surf4you Cup: TBA Vetratoria Cup: 9th to 17th February For all those interested in renting some of the latest boards and sails then be sure to visit Jibes Beach Club, full equipment rental including amazing ranges by Severne and Starboard.   Also interesting: Vietnam: Muine windsurf seasons Vietnam: Muine windsurf competitions Vietnam: where windsurf dreams are made International windsurfing race 2016 Text: Adie Photo: Pascal For Full Water Sport information please contact: Jibes Beach Club 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, zip: 801 097 Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, 062 3847405 info@windsurf-vietnam.com Adie@jibesbeachclub.com
  • Vietnam: secret behind the names
    26.09.2016
    Vietnamese name usually is a combination of three elements: family name, middle name and given name. The most famous name example is: Ho Chi Minh. All are written separately, as above. Quantity of family names in Vietnamese language is impressively ... modest in number. An individual can count by memory something more or less 20 typical Vietnamese family names. Most common surnames in Vietnam are Nguyen, Tran, Ho, Pham, etc. One polular joke stated that up to 50% of Vietnamese are Nguyens, 40% are Trans, the rest 10% are represented by all other family names. Although it is not very accurate counting data, but more or less you feel it can be true, when you are reading namelist of Vietnamese participants. All this bearer's of one family name are not relatives at all. Also interesting: Vietnam: male names Vietnam: female names Vietnam: unisex names Vietnam: children names Vietnam: business names Vietnam: star names
  • Thailand: Rap Bua festival
    25.09.2016
    Time to make a wish and find a true soul mate. The annual Rap Bua Festival, or literally translated as the ritual of receiving lotus flowers, is a one-of-a-kind ancient Buddhist tradition of the local people of Bang Phli District in Samut Prakan province. The tradition, which has passed through generations, is a way of showing local’s munificence and generosity to the village’s newcomers as well as demonstrating their local way of life along the river. It takes place annually on the day before the waxing moon on the 11th month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on 15 October. Also interesting: Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Bung Ban Fai festival Thailand: Songkran festival Vietnam: Tet lunar new year Highlight is the magnificent barge procession of a replica of Luang Phor Toh Buddhist image, highly-revered by the people of Samut Prakan, along the Samrong canal. Local people along the banks of the canal will have the chance to respectfully throw lotus flowers into the vessel. Locals believe that if their lotus flowers would land at where the revered Buddha image sits, their wishes may come true. In the old days, young men and women will use this opportunity to make a wish for their soul mate. Date: 15 October, 2016 Venue: Khlong Samrong, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo credit: TAT website
  • Thailand: Buffalo racing festival
    23.09.2016
    One of the most exciting events of Chon Buri province - annual Buffalo Racing Festival - will this year 2016 take place on 15 October at the end of Buddhist lent. In a tradition that now stretches back over 140 years, the buffalos are raced to ensure they get exercise during the period when rice is growing and there’ less work to be done in the fields. The festival also celebrates the importance of buffalos to Thai farming and the rural way of life and gives local people the chance to come together and enjoy fun and good food. As usual, the event is expected to attract large crowds of tourists looking to see something uniquely Thai. Also interesting: Thailand: Loi Krathong festival Thailand: Bung Ban Fai festival Thailand: Songkran festival Vietnam: Tet lunar new year The races themselves are in three categories based on the size of the racing buffalos. It’s all taken very seriously by the animals’ owners who often make their beasts follow a strict training regime and diet in the weeks leading up to the races. As a result, the buffalo are raring to go and there are big prizes on offer. If you think of Thai buffalos as slow lumbering beasts, you may be surprised how fast they can run – it takes all the agility of the riders simply to hang on and guide their steed down the 100 metre track. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT website
  • Thailand: squid fishing
    17.09.2016
    Squid fishing is big business in Thailand. The bright colorful lights from the vast fleets of squid fishing boats can actually be seen even from as far as the International Space Station. On squid fishing boats, the lights, which are swung into position from the sides of the boat, do most of the work by luring the squid to the surface. All that remains for a fisherman or tourist to do is gently bob the rod up and down and hook any hapless creatures that come too close. Most people tend to catch at least one squid, and these are often prepared as instant sashimi to be enjoyed on the trip back to shore. Squid fishing can be arranged from nearly any of fishing ports of Thailand. Nevertheless, the best months to go for squid fishing are between October and April. For more details, see www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT website
  • Thailand: Loi Krathong festival 2016
    23.08.2016
    There are many people who debate its origins, meanings and myths, but few would deny that Loi Krathong, with its simple beauty, symbolism and anarchic sense of fun, is the festival that most imbues Thainess. Every year, on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, people nationwide, head out to local rivers and lakes to float banana leaf rafts, loaded with cargos of flowers, incense and candles as well as the prayers hopes and dreams of their owners. The Loi Krathong Festival 2016 falls on 14 November. Held when the annual rains have retreated, Loi Krathong is most commonly believed to have developed from an ancient ceremony to pay respects to water spirits and thank them for their bounty. However, some speculate that it’s held in homage to an ancient goddess while others see Krathongs as offerings to apologise to rivers and streams for pollution. Source: TAT - www.tatnews.org Photo credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Thailand: salt festival
    21.08.2016
    Salt has long been used in Thailand, not just for flavouring food but also as a preservative in the days before refrigeration was widespread. Salt minerals are also used in many of Thailand’s spa treatments and the health industry in skin scrubs and massage treatments. Thailand has long had a tradition of salt farming which is concentrated around the areas of Petchaburi, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Songkhram on the Gulf of Thailand near Bangkok as well as in Pattani in the Southern Region. Salt farming is a labour intensive industry that can only be carried out in the hottest months of the year. Fields are shallowly flooded with seawater and left till the water has evaporated. The salt is then collected into piles for workers to carry away in shoulder baskets for bagging. The salt industry is celebrated annually in a three-day Art of Salt Festival in Phetchaburi every March. The festival featured educational displays as well as sculptures made of salt by local artists, including the landmark sculpture of a pair of lovers that was lit up in the evening. The festival also offered visitors the chance to enjoy some local food, learn about a traditional product and support one of Thailand’s most important grassroots industries. Source: TAT - www.tatnews.org Photo credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Festivals of Thailand: Loi Krathong
    19.08.2016
    Loi Krathong is one of the most charming festivals of the Thai calendar and is enjoyed in different ways all over the kingdom. Held on the evening of the 12th lunar month’s full moon, Loi Krathong originated as a way of paying respects to the water goddess for her bounty over the year. Most locals celebrate by releasing a Kratong float made of banana leaves into a nearby waterway, but fairs and celebrations are also held and the evening is a wonderful introduction to the start of Thailand’s cool season. Sukhothai is the spiritual home of Loi Krathong and some of the biggest celebrations take place here in the famous historical park. But Loi Krathong is celebrated nationwide and on every waterway you can see amazing krathongs being floated. If you’re in the north you may even be lucky enough to see an amazing display of khom loi fire lanterns released into the starry sky in a ceremony called Yi Peng. Source: TAT - www.tatnews.org Photo credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • MICE Asia Pacific Expo 2016 - Singapore
    18.08.2016
    Taking place on 21st - 22nd September at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2016 is only one month away! Over 20 high-level speakers are confirmed to be presenting at the conference sessions and workshops at MICE Asia Expo, such as Robert Campbell, the Vice President of Uniplan Taiwan; Christopher Lilley, Managing Director of Sales APAC of etouches; Justin Randles, Publisher&Managing Director of Lighthouse Independent Media; Dr. Jin Hong Seok, Chairman of Korea MICE Convergence Leaders Forum; Ben Veechai, Regional Director International Marketing of UBM Asia and many more. The Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2016 will be held after day one of the exhibition and will feature live entertainment acts, cocktail party and networking. The Awards will be judged upon impartially by 10 leading event professionals from throughout the Asia Pacific region - Loy Joon How, General Manager of IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre; Richard Tan, Executive Director of InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd; Kim Waddoup, CEO of Moscow MICE International Forum; Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, to name but a few. To add on, a new programme – The Meet the Buyers session – is launched this year. It is an invitation-only event and the VIPs will be meeting with the exhibitors at MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2016 to discuss business opportunities. The sessions will be attended by leading conference organizers, exhibition organizers, event marketers, meeting planners, incentive house agency, party/networking planners, etc. from across Asia Pacific region. Companies confirmed attending as VIPs: UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd., Reed Exhibitions Ltd., MP International, amcasia!, Exhibition at Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd, ITMA Services Pte Ltd, Informa ME, BCD Meetings and Events Singapore and many more. Visit www.miceasiaexhibition.com for the exhibition information. Contact the MICE Asia Expo team at marketing@miceasiaexhibition.com if you have any questions. MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2016 – A Show You Should Not Miss!
  • Дополнительный рейс в Пекин
    05.08.2016
    Авиакомпания «Аврора», входящая в группу компаний «Аэрофлот», вводит дополнительный рейс Владивосток — Пекин — Владивосток SU5468/5469. Начиная с 6 августа, регулярное авиасообщение по этому маршруту будет осуществляться дважды в неделю с вылетом из приморской столицы по вторникам и субботам. Все полеты перевозчик продолжит выполнять на комфортабельных современных лайнерах Airbus A319, вместимостью 128 пассажирских кресел экономического и бизнес-класса. Дополнительная частота и время прибытия в китайскую столицу обеспечит пассажирам «Авроры» возможность удобных стыковок в аэропорту Пекина при планировании путешествия в страны Европы, Ближнего Востока и Северной Америки. Узнать подробнее о расписании полетов и приобрести билеты можно на сайтах «Аэрофлота» www.aeroflot.ru, «Авроры» www.flyaurora.ru, а также в агентствах. Справки можно получить в контакт-центре авиакомпании по многоканальному телефону 8-800-250-49-88. АО «Авиакомпания "Аврора"» создана руководством ПАО «Аэрофлот» в 2013 г. по поручению Правительства Российской Федерации. Входит в группу компаний «Аэрофлот». В настоящее время парк воздушных судов «Авроры» насчитывает 21 воздушное судно: 10 среднемагистральных Airbus А319, девять DHC-8 и два внутрирегиональных самолета DHC-6. «Аврора» обладает подтвержденным сертификатом аудита IOSA. На регулярной основе выполняет полеты по международным маршрутам в Сеул, Пусан, Харбин, Далянь, Пекин, Гонконг, Токио, Саппоро. Внутрироссийские направления авиакомпании представлены маршрутами в города: Южно-Сахалинск, Хабаровск, Владивосток, Магадан, Якутск, Петропавловск-Камчатский, Новосибирск, Иркутск, Красноярск, Благовещенск. Также самолеты авиакомпании «Аврора» выполняют регулярные социально значимые рейсы по местным воздушным линиям в Сахалинской области и в Приморском крае. Текст и фото: Авиакомпания «Аврора» www.flyaurora.ru Также интересно: Япония: Токио Япония: Осака Китай: Шанхай за 4 дня Китай: Пекин в 1817 году Гонконг: русские очерки 1853 года Япония 1904 год: русские очерки
  • Women’s Journey Thailand starts on 1 August
    26.07.2016
    Women’s Journey Thailand campaign is set to launch on 1 August, 2016, meaning that women travellers from around the world will be able to enjoy a huge range of activities, special offers, discounts and privileges as well as products and services geared to meet their needs throughout the month of August. It is a special project initiated by The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT). The Women’s Journey Thailand campaign is aimed at women travelling individually or in groups as well as women visiting Thailand with family who might want to enjoy some activities by themselves. TAT is working with a range of partners in the health and beauty sector as well as hotels, airlines hospitals, gyms and sports clubs to offer discounts and offers to women visiting Thailand from 1 to 31 August, 2016. The campaign is also a way of marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 84th birthday on 12 August. To support the Women’s Journey project, the special deals from the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will be extended to 31 August, 2016. To ensure women travellers get the most out of the campaign, TAT has released a mobile application “Women’s Journey Thailand,” that enables them to navigate the offers and promotions and to plan their schedule accordingly. The products, services and events are listed under five categories: Beautiful Look, Beautiful Shape, Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Retreat, and Beautiful Experience. The Women’s Journey Thailand application can be downloaded from Play Store and iStore. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • How to train in Muay Thai
    26.07.2016
    For some people, simply watching an exciting Muay Thai bout is not enough. They want to learn some of the amazing moves for themselves get their bodies in the best condition of their lives. Some are even tempted to experience the adrenalin pumping action of a fight in the ring.  This is why there are now so many Muay Thai schools opening up worldwide. But for most Thai boxing devotees, the ultimate place to study the art is in Thailand itself, and they come here in their thousands to undergo vigorous training sessions and learn from Thai masters. While here, they also get to enjoy other aspects of the kingdom’s culture. Such training camps often have Rajadamnern and Lumpinee Stadium champions as trainers, and the schedule can be gruelling, with training and exercise sessions that push you to the limit. But the foreign Muay Thai fighters that undergo this experience often claim their months or weeks training were the most rewarding weeks of their lives, and they leave the kingdom in tip top physical condition and with a greater appreciation of Thailand and its people. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Thailand Royal projects: Chang Hua Man
    23.07.2016
    Getting to the Project is a pleasure in itself. The road from Cha-Am winds its way into the green hills past picturesque paddies. If you really want to get into the eco-friendly spirit of the Royal Project, get on your bike and take the newly-constructed cycle path, alongside the road, that goes nearly all the way to Chang Hua Man. Initiated in 2009 on 250 rai (99 acres) of land, the Chang Hua Man Royal Project is an experimental farm where a range of experimental crops are being tested, not only to help the local people of the Phetchaburi area, but farmers around the nation. There are many different crops grown here with fruits including bananas, papaya, limes and pineapples; over 40 species of vegetables as well as rice and rubber. And all these crops are grown organically without chemicals – sustainability and environmental protection are a large part of all the Royal Projects. The Chang Hua Man Royal Project takes full advantage of its position in the hills with a small wind farm to produce clean electric power. The impressive windmills can be seen from miles away and produce enough energy to power the Project with the excess being fed back into the local grid. Also a dairy farm has been added that uses free range techniques, so the Holstein Friesian cows have lots of space to wander. There are nearly 40 cows and the milk they produce can be brought in the Chang Hua Man shop and local markets. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Muay Thai boxing history
    20.07.2016
    Perhaps the most famous of the early Muay Thai fighters was Nai Khanomtom, who won his freedom after the fall of Ayutthaya by defeating 10 Burmese boxing champions when he was being held captive in Burma in 1774. To this day his feat is celebrated every 17 March, now called Muay Thai Day in Thailand and a ceremony is held to pay respect at Nai Khanomtom’s statue in Ayutthaya. These days, Muay Thai is more regulated to ensure the safety of fighters, but it’s still known as the art of eight limbs, due to it being a full contact discipline with fighters using their feet, legs, knees, fists, hands and elbows to strike opponents in fights of five rounds that last three minutes each. The mentally and physically taxing sport now has passionate followers in every country, and they train hard to emulate the skills of the Thai masters past and present. King Naresuan the Great (1555-1605) was a king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and used to promote Muay Thai among the soldiers and citizens as a way of protecting the nation. The King was a skilled fighter himself as many Thai kings have been over the years. The warrior King Prachao Sua, loved Muay Thai so much that he would enter tournaments around Thailand, in disguise, so that no one would be too intimidated to fight him. He is now fondly remembered as the Tiger King. Between the reigns of Rama I the Great and Rama V the Great, both huge Muay Thai fans, the sport became codified and was made part of a military curriculum. Gloves replaced the hard ropes fighters would use to wrap around their fists, weight classes were introduced and arenas were opened up nationwide. Many young rural Thais today join training schools hoping to become legends of the ring. From a young age, they undergo vigorous training and have taken part in hundreds of fights before they are even in their 20s. For many, Muay Thai offers a chance at fame and fortune and allows them to earn money to send back to their families. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Thailand through Royal projects
    15.07.2016
    You don’t have to be very long in Thailand to discover the huge reverence in which His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is held by the Thai people. After all, he has dedicated his life to improving the lot of his subjects, to fighting poverty and to helping preserve the kingdom’s national resources for future generations. And nowhere is his dedication more evident than in the various Royal Projects, which His Majesty has initiated in rural areas up and down the country. As the most travelled monarch in Thailand’s history, King Bhumibol knows firsthand the problems that rural people face when working the land to provide for their communities. So he initiated the Royal Projects back in 1969 as a way of seeking solutions to problems; such as, poverty and opium production in the Golden Triangle region of the North. By promoting alternative crops and encouraging reforestation, he was able to give farmers a new source of income and a sense of pride in their products and community. All of the Royal Projects are started only after close cooperation with the local people and experts to ensure the very best results. There are also six Royal Development Study Centres around the country where research takes place and regional strategies are developed. Farmers can visit these centres to improve their knowledge and learn about environmental conservation. Royal Projects have now been initiated all over the kingdom and as well as boosting local economies, helping promote water conservation, swamp drainage, self-sufficiency and the preservation of Thailand’s forests. The Projects are not just aimed at helping people with their immediate needs, but also to help future generations enjoy the nation’s rich natural heritage. These Royal Projects also offer tourists a new way of experiencing Thailand and of making a real grassroots connection with the kingdom’s diverse people. For all the Royal Projects welcome visitors, be it for a few hours or several days, and there is a diverse range of things to do. You could find yourself learning how to make a unique local dish, releasing fish into the Thai seas, feeding cattle or teaching the village children before spending a night under the roof of a local family and joining their meals and laughter. Already the Royal Projects are offering businesses and organisations new ways to offer incentives or to boost teamwork while contributing to grassroots communities.  But to casual tourists, they can make a great way of making memories. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tatnews.org Photo: TAT
  • Thailand: Bun Bang Fai Festival
    10.05.2016
    This Bun Bang Fai ritual usually falls in the middle of May just before the start of rainy season and crop planting. The annual Bun Bang Fai Festival, the superstition of firing locally-made bamboo rockets towards the heavens in hopes of beckoning the rain-gods before crop season, will be taking place across local communities in northeastern Thailand with its biggest showcase appearing in Yasothon, a northeastern Thai province famous for its watermelon and jasmine rice farms. Villagers fire homemade rockets into the country skies with the belief that their prayers for abundant rain and a bountiful harvest will be answered. What started from simple rockets made from bamboo has evolved into feats of rockets mounted on scaffolding to giant spinning wheels. Teams with the highest flying and most elaborate inventions are awarded in contests by panels of judges. The Festival is a two-day culmination of folk dance, parading and cultural performances to the drums of rain-beating music at Yasothon’s Phaya Thaen Park, ending on the festival’s grand finale for a display of rockets shooting to attain new heights and a successful crop season in the year.   Date: 14-15 May, 2016 Venue: Phaya Thaen Park, Yasothon Source: TAT - Tourism Authority of Thailand See more at: www.tatnews.org  
  • Thailand: Songkran Splendours
    12.04.2016
    April is the hottest time of the year in Thailand, so the water splashing fun of the Songkran festival is always welcomed, by Thais and tourists alike. The kingdom’s most culturally important event, Songkran is a celebration of the traditional Thai New Year. Normally the celebration lasts for three days from 13 to 15 April, but this year there will be an extended break as 16 and 17 April falls on the weekend. According to the Thai Buddhist calendar, Songkran literally means ‘astrological passage’. It can be interpreted as ‘change’ and ‘cleansing’, a time to usher in a new year and to purify one’s soul and also to do some spring-cleaning. It is also a time to enjoy family time and some fun and exciting festivities too. Don’t be surprised to see thousands of Bangkok-based Thais flocking to the bus terminals or joining the traffic for the long drive back to their hometowns to see their families and old friends to enjoy the Songkran celebrations together. Each province and each community has its own unique way of celebrating the festival, so the activities vary from province to province. Top tips to get the most out of Songkran: In the morning, make merit and listen to temple sermons to understand and benefit from the spiritual side of the festival. Remember that during the New Year festival, the temple activities are the most important aspects of the celebration. To purify or bathe the Buddha or other statues, water should not be poured directly onto the head of the relic, rather on other parts of the statue’s torso. This is a unique ritual which for centuries has celebrated the significance of water in Thai culture and society as a symbol of purity, prosperity and happiness. The custom of pouring water onto the hand of elders’ (people above 60 years old), is to show respect and seek their New Year blessings. Source: TAT - Tourism Authority of Thailand See more at: www.tatnews.org  
  • Vietnam: gifts for Tet holiday
    05.02.2016
    One month before Tet Lunar New Year front shelves at the supermarkets and shops are covered with standard basket with sweets. It is considered as almost a compulsory gift of Tet holiday.
  • Vietnam: traditions of Tet holiday
    04.02.2016
    Red envelopes with lucky money - shortly named in Vietnsmese as "lixi" - are everywhere on Tet holidays. "Lixi" is both noun and verb, name of the red envelope with money gift and the act of giving. Distributing red envelopes is a well-observed custom on Lunar New Year days. It is symbol of happiness and good luck. People believe, that this very simple meaningful act of giving red envelopes opens a channel for sending good wishes and luck both for givers and recievers. The significance of red packets is the red paper, not the money inside. In Vietnamese pagodas monks prepare red envelopes with 200 vnd/500 vnd banknotes for early year visitors. You can not buy anything with this money. It is purely a symbol. While some business people in Vietnam like to impress receivers with 100 USD bill inside red envelope "lixi".  
  • Vietnam: flowers of Tet
    02.02.2016
    Tet - Lunar new year - is the most important festival of the year for Vietnamese people. Special flowers for Tet days are lightly pink peach blossom (hoa dao), shining yellow apricot blossom (hoa mai) and tangerine tree with bright round fruits in green leaves.
  • Vietnam: Petrus Ky, professor in the College des interpretes of Saigon
    18.12.2015
    Monsieur Petruski [spelling: Petrus Ky / Trương Vĩnh Ký (1837-1898)], a Cochin Chinese Christian, occupying the post of professor of his own language in the College des interpretes of Saigon. He had been educated in a Roman Catholic college at Penang, and I shall never forget my surprise when first introduced to him. He addressed me in perfect English, with just a slight French accent, while in French he could converse with the same purity and ease. He was equally at home, I believe, when he spoke, or wrote in Spanish, Portuguese, or Italian ; and it was to his scholarly knowledge of Oriental tongues that he owed the distinguished position which he filled. On one occasion I visited his study, and I found him engaged on a work which had cost him years of labour - 'A Comparative Analysis of the Languages of the World.' He was surrounded by a collection of rare and valuable books, some of which he had gathered when travelling in Europe; others — Sanscrit, Pali, Siamese, and Chinese — he had obtained in various parts of the East. During the evening one of the Cholon missionaries joined us, and when I left he had engaged Petruski in a theological discussion in Latin. He is the author of a number of works; among others, an Annamite Grammar, which opens by tracing the affinity between the most ancient symbolical characters and those of the modern written language of Annam. Text: John Thomson From the book: The straits of Malacca, Indo-China and China; or, Ten years' travels, adventures and residence abroad by Thomson, John (1837-1921) Publication date: 1875 Publisher: London, S. Low Photo: old photo from internet ××××× ASIA: 100 YEARS AGO Vietnam 100 years ago: Dr. Yersin and Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang Vietnam 100 years ago: table manners Vietnam 100 years ago: worshiping ancestors Vietnam 100 years ago: practice of polygamy Vietnam 100 years ago: chief wives of the mandarins Vietnam 100 years ago: numerous wives of the Emperor Vietnam 100 years ago: emperor and aristocracy Vietnam 100 years ago: Halong impressions of Prince Henri d'Orléans Vietnam 100 years ago: Hoan Kiem legend as it was told in 1890s ××××× Thailand 19 century: His Lordship white elephant Chang Phoouk Thailand 100 years ago: history of old quarters of Bangkok Thailand 100 years ago: monks in the yellow robe Thailand: traditional arts – Lakhon drama performance
  • First day in Vietnam
    12.08.2015
    From the very first minute till the very last minute of your staying in Vietnam you will see the smiles of Vietnamese people. Vietnamese are very-very smiling nation. Let's summarize some small practical tips, that you should take into consideration on the first day of your visit to Vietnam. VIETNAMESE DONG 500.000 vnd (equal to about 23 usd), 200.000 vnd, 100.000 vnd, 50.000 vnd, 20.000 vnd, 10.000 vnd, 5.000 vnd, 2.000 vnd, 1.000 vnd. Too small banknotes and usually not taking into account: 500 vnd and 200 vnd. LOCAL SIM CARD, 3G Avaliable at the offices of Viettel, Mobiphone, Vinaphone. Sim card and balance card can also be purchased at some souvenir shop and even street vendors. Balance card: the mostly used is 100.000 vnd, 50.000 vnd and 200.000 vnd also avaliable.
  • Business trip to Vietnam: check list
    06.08.2015
    Planning business trip to Vietnam. Put into your check list the following VISA Depending on your passport and citizenship. Many nations can travel to Vietnam without visa. For others - applying for visa to Vietnam includes certain formalities and official procedures. Please, check with the Vietnamese diplomatic representative for more details. INSURANCE Contact your insurance company/agent for necessary formalities. CLIMATE AND WEATHER Hot and very hot in summer all around the country, except remote mountain areas. In Hanoi can be rather cold (+ 14 C) and unpleasantly misty from December to February. Check carefully for weather forecast before your trip. DRESS CODE Business meeting in Vietnam as well as all meetings with officials have quite simple dress code. Business suit. Less formal meetings can be organized at the golf club or as one day cruise in Halong Bay / Danang / HCM. NAMECARDS It is an essential part of business culture in Vietnam. Vietnamese love to exchange namecards with old and new partners. If in your business trip networking events are scheduled, you should have at least 100 namecards per day.
  • Interesting - China - Coffee
    23.07.2015
    Text - China - Coffee
  • Interesting - Japan - Business Style
    23.07.2015
    Text - Japan - Business Style - King
  • Interesting - Singapore - Business Style
    23.07.2015
    Text - Singapore - Business Style
  • Interesting - Cambodia - Caoutchouc - Rowling
    23.07.2015
    Text - Cambodia - Caoutchouc - Rowling
  • Interesting - Thailand - Coffee
    23.07.2015
    Text - Thailand - Coffee - King
  • Interesting - Indonesia - Coffee
    23.07.2015
    Text - Indonesia - Coffee
  • Торжественный приём по случаю Дня России
    Malaysia, Coffee, King
    11.07.2015
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  • Торжественный приём по случаю Дня России
    Malaysia, Сaoutchouc, Rowling
    11.07.2015
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  • Vietnam: coffee market
    11.07.2015
    For the last decades Vietnam became the second largest coffee exporter in the world, following only Brazil. Coffee is one of Vietnam's most important agricultural exports. Vietnam exports 700 to 900 thousand tons annually. It is about 14% of world coffee market share. Vietnam is highly competitive as a coffee producer because of ideal climate and environmental conditions, low production costs, and yields among the highest in the world. The biggest market for coffee beans from Vietnam is Germany. The United States is the second largest buyer of Vietnam's green coffee after Germany. In Europe it last 2 years, Belgium is promising to become very important market for Vietnamese coffee, as only in the first half of 2014, exports to Belgium increased by 2.5 times in volume. Now waiting for data updete for 2015. Two major markets in Asia - Japan and Korea. Among the permanent markets in ASEAN and Southeast Asian nations are the Philippines, Malaysia and  Indonesia.    
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