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There Is Group Interest in the Banking System, SBV Governor Says

Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Nguyen Van Binh admitted that there was group interest in the system of credit institutions, the local newswire Gafin.vn reported. Inspection results of 27 credit institutions showed that many lenders had been controlled by a group of shareholders who held key positions at these banks. Outstanding loans to the group of shareholders accounted for a great proportion of total lending, sometimes up to 90%, the Governor said. Particularly, lending to this group of shareholders is related to real estate, which drove bad debts to rise and commercial banks to suffer loss amid...

Phu Quoc Island Determined to Become Special Economic-Administrative Zone

Kien Giang has proposed recommendations to the Government on the application of mechanisms and policies with a view to turning Phu Quoc Island into a centrally-run, special economic-administrative zone by 2020. The province has submitted its proposal to the Prime Minister to request the Politburo to issue a resolution on the development of Phu Quoc Island as to 2020. For sectoral development planning, focus will be laid on review and amendment of the planning to make it responsive to the master planning approved by the Prime Minister. Also, the province will be entitled to flexible mechanism, which allows adjustment of...

Vietnam Luxury Product Companies Optimistic Amid Low Sales

A street vendor walks past a Chanel store at the Rex Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City Luxury product companies are expanding even as sales contract amid the economic slump, with economists citing the potential of Vietnam’s large young population and the newly rich to fuel more consumption. Notices offering discounts of up to 50 percent on all items can be seen at most shops at Vincom Tower, Parkson or Grand Plaza in Hanoi, where Italian shoes and French perfumes are sold to the urban middle and upper classes. But the stores are vacant save for a few sales people...

Who receives highest pay in Vietnam?

VietNamNet Bridge – Hundreds of millions of dong are paid to the CEOs who work in the “hot business fields” such as finance and banking, power and oil and gas. CEOs in state owned conglomerates receive tens of millions of dong How much the CEOs of Petrolimex (petroleum importer and distributor) and EVN (the Electricity of Vietnam) receive for their jobs every month is the thing that most people are interested in. EVN’s General Director Pham Le Thanh once revealed that the average pay to EVN’s workers in 2009 was 7.3 million dong, saying that this was a modest pay level. In...

More Opportunities For Vietnamese Exporters To The US

Huge customer demand makes the US a promising market for Vietnam. Domestic businesses must therefore enhance their capacity to exploit the market to best advantage. According to HIS Global Insight, a world-leading economic forecasting company, the US’s import demand will increase slightly from US$2,312 billion in 2012 to US$2,334 billion in 2013. Alibaba.com—a business-to-business (B2B) trading floor—says that despite a recent slump, the US still tops the list of orders for products from Vietnam, accounting for 10 percent of the country’s total export earnings compared to 12 percent in 2011. The General Department of Vietnam Customs claims that during the...

Vietnam Business Briefs November 14, 2012

* Dinh Vu Port Investment & Development JSC. (DVP) announced November 26 as ex-date and November 28 as record date for 2012 interim cash dividend payment. The firm will pay dividend at VND2,000/share on December 14, 2012. * Phuc Tien Trade Manufacture JSC. (PHT) reported its current outstanding shares as at November 8 as follows: […]

Vietnam: Where Are People’s Interests In Land Acquisition?

The land acquisition process at present does not create opportunity for farmers to benefit from the value of assets created from the conversion of land use purposes. Sustainable economic development in Vietnam depends on the change of land use purpose and other resources to more useful purposes. Typically, economic growth is defined as economic growth (for example, the sustainable growth of real income per capita), and the structural transformation. The key factor for economic development is the growth of production inputs (land, labor, and capital), growth of the use of these inputs, and improvement of the quality of the organizational...

VND1.5Tln Government Bonds Are Sold Via Auctions Last Week: BVSC

VND1.5 trillion worth of government bonds were sold out of VND4 trillion auctioned volume in the previous week, the local newswire Gafin.vn reported, citing data from BaoViet Securities Company (BVSC). The State Treasury of Vietnam sold out VND1 trillion 2-year government debts at fixing of 9.5%, down 0.2% from the previous auction. The bid-to-cover ratio was 4.7. The Vietnam Development Bank (VDB) also managed to sell VND400 2-year bonds at 10.5% and VND100 3-year debts at 10.6%. Meanwhile, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policy (VBSP) failed to sell any bonds in its auction. The bid-to-cover ratio...

Taking the Corporations’ Shirts off

The operational restructuring process in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) is attracting special attention from the public. In the regular press conference in October 2012, Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam addressed many pressing economic issues, among which was the restructuring of SOEs. The Vietnamese Prime Minister has recently approved the termination of Song […]

Higher fees set for Vietnam visa applications in January 2013

HA NOI (VNS)— Fees for visa and temporary residence card applications will be increased by US$15-35, effective in January, 2013. Under a new circular issued by the Ministry of Finance, the fee for a single-entry visa will rise from the current $25 to $45. Multiple-entry visas will be classified into one-month...