News Highlights for April 6, 2023

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Six Vietnamese billionaires have been listed among the world’s wealthiest individuals, according to Forbes’ Billionaires List. This is a remarkable achievement for the Southeast Asian country, showcasing the nation’s immense economic potential.

Vietnam’s six billionaires have a combined net worth of $20.6 billion, led by Pham Nhat Vuong, the country’s wealthiest person and founder of the Vingroup conglomerate. He is followed by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, the owner and CEO of budget airline Vietjet Air, and Doan Nguyen Duc, the founder and chairman of real estate conglomerate Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

The other three billionaires are Tran Ba Duong, the chairman of private firm Masan Group; Do Long Khanh, founder and chairman of electronics manufacturer FPT; and Dang Thanh Tam, the founder and chairman of private healthcare provider Traphaco.

The inclusion of these six individuals on the list is a testament to the nation’s rapid economic development in recent years. Vietnam’s GDP has grown an average of 6.3% annually since 2011, making it one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. These six billionaires have played an important role in propelling the nation’s economy forward, and their success is an inspiration for other entrepreneurs in the country.

The global magazine Forbes has announced the list of the world’s richest people in 2023, with six Vietnamese billionaires making the cut. Pham Nhat Vuong, the chairman of conglomerate Vingroup, leads the pack with a staggering US$4.6 billion worth of assets. Right behind him is Nguyen Phuong Thao, the CEO of low-cost carrier Vietjet Air, followed by Tran Dinh Long, the chairman of the largest steel producer in the country, Hoa Phat, and Tran Ba Duong, the chairman of the automobile manufacturer THACO.

In 2022, there were seven Vietnamese billionaires on the list. Bui Thanh Nhon, the Chairman of Nova Group, was notably delisted from Forbes’ table. The year 2022 proved to be a difficult one for all billionaires on the list; Forbes reported that the 25 richest men on the list saw their net asset value fall by a staggering US$200 billion to $2.1 trillion in 2023.

Vietnam Claims Major Victory at Women’s Olympic Football Qualifier

Vietnam has achieved a major victory in the Women’s Olympic Football Qualifier, securing their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The team triumphed over China with a score of 3-1 in the final round of qualification, which was held in Sydney, Australia.

The Vietnamese team put in a tremendous effort throughout the tournament, demonstrating their skill and determination in order to secure the win. They were able to maintain their composure even when the odds were against them, and eventually came away with the victory.

The team’s success comes as an inspiring moment in the history of Vietnamese sports, and will be celebrated by the country’s people. It will also serve as a source of motivation for the rest of the nation’s athletes as they strive for excellence in their respective sports.

This victory marks a new chapter in Vietnam’s Olympic history, and will hopefully lead to more successes in the future. Congratulations to the team and all involved in this incredible feat!

Vietnamese female footballers celebrate their goals in the match against Nepal on April 5. Photo: AFC

The Vietnamese women’s national football team achieved a resounding victory on April 5, defeating home team Nepal by a score of 5-1 in the first-leg match of the first-round Asia qualification for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Huynh Nhu, Hai Yen, Hoang Thi Loan, and Thanh Nha all scored for Vietnam, while an own goal by Nepalese player Amrita Jaishi contributed to the team’s success. Sabitra Bhandari scored a consolation goal for Nepal in the 79th minute.

After the latest win, Vietnam has a great opportunity to qualify for the second-round of qualification. The second leg between Vietnam and Nepal will occur on April 8. Vietnam and Nepal are in Group C with Afghanistan and Palestine, however, the other two have pulled out of the competition for unspecified reasons.

Registration centers must determine the best way to operate in order to ensure that their services are efficient and effective. From staffing to technological resources, centers must assess their operations to determine the best course of action. This may involve considering the type of services they provide, the population they serve, and the budget available. Additionally, centers must be aware of any applicable laws and regulations, as well as any relevant standards or best practices. Proper planning and evaluation of operations can help ensure that registration centers are providing the best possible services to their clients.

The Vietnam Register is drafting a restructuring plan that seeks to grant vehicle registration centers more independence. Currently, the registration agency of the Ministry of Transport has 37 subordinate registration centers that are responsible for verifying technical standards for road and water vehicles and marine facilities. If the plan is approved, these registration centers will have full autonomy with regards to organization, finance, and personnel.

The empowerment of registration centers is anticipated to enhance service quality, save time and money for organizations, and guarantee the transparency of operations. The Vietnam Register will present the restructuring plan to the Ministry of Transport for evaluation and approval in the second quarter of the year.

Vietnam has blocked access to Facebook once again, leaving thousands of accounts based in the country unable to access the social media platform. The government has cited its need to protect national security and social order as the primary reason for the shutdown.

The Vietnamese government has been taking steps to limit access to certain foreign-based websites and apps for some time now. This is the second time Facebook has been blocked in the past three months.

The restrictions are likely to affect thousands of people, including businesses, individuals, and organisations, who rely on the platform for communication and commerce. Additionally, the lack of access to the social media platform could have a significant impact on the country’s economy, as it is one of the most popular websites in Vietnam.

The government has not provided any further details on the exact reasons for the ban, or how long it will last. However, it is likely that the restrictions will remain in place until the government is satisfied that its security and social order concerns have been addressed.

On April 5, Facebook users and fanpage admins in Vietnam experienced their accounts being banned and disabled due to an alleged violation of the platform’s community standards. As a result, these users were unable to undertake major activities such as posting, commenting, or replying to messages, and the main users and admins could only access their pages while they were no longer visible to other users.

Local users have complained that Facebook does not provide adequate support for their online businesses, leading to costly external service providers without any guarantees of page restoration. In September 2022, the social media giant stirred up the Vietnamese e-commerce market by banning all advertising accounts. This highlighted the lack of support for local users and the difficulties they faced in their online businesses.

Slovakian artists have been crowned the winners of the 2023 Vietnam International Choir Competition! The competition, which was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic, saw a wide array of choirs from across the globe. After months of preparation and hard work, Slovakian choirs emerged as the clear winners, demonstrating their remarkable musical talent. This accomplishment is a source of immense pride for Slovakia and a testament to the country’s commitment to music and the arts. Congratulations to all involved!

After three days of hard work, the Slovak troupe achieved success at the seventh Vietnam International Choir Competition finale on April 5th. Nearly 600 artists and performers from 18 troupes from seven countries and territories came together in the competition, which spanned 13 categories with eight grades. At the end of the intense three-day event, the Slovak troupe emerged victorious, ultimately taking home the first prize.

Co-hosted by the Hoi An People’s Committee and the German organization Interkultur, the competition has been offering art lovers the opportunity to gather and discuss their experiences in art performing every two years since 2011 in the beautiful and ancient town of Hoi An, thus strengthening the relations between Vietnam and other nations.

Exploring Chinese Cuisine with Vietnamese Sweet Potatoes

Vietnamese sweet potatoes are an increasingly popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine. Not only do they add a sweet, earthy flavor to many dishes, they are also packed with nutrients and vitamins. If you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons, why not explore the unique flavor combinations of Vietnamese Sweet Potatoes in Chinese dishes? From stir-fries to soups, these nutritious tubers are sure to add an eye-catching and delicious twist to any meal.

The General Administration of Customs China (GACC) has granted permission for the export of sweet potatoes to the Chinese market for 13 local producers and 70 farms, the Department of Plant Protection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced on April 5. Vinh Long Province is expected to be the first Vietnamese locality to ship sweet potatoes to the Chinese market, with other areas such as Quang Ninh, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Dong Thap to follow suit.

The Plant Protection Department is working with local authorities to prepare for the first shipment of sweet potatoes to China, expected to depart within the month. Producers and farmers are urged to strictly abide by the rules agreed upon with the Chinese Government. Vietnam boasts 100,000 hectares of farming areas dedicated to sweet potato production, yielding an annual total of 1.2-1.3 million tons.