Vietnam Investment Review - VIR

Corporate

Companies advised to exercise caution in choosing new partners
09:17 01/11/2014 Companies advised to exercise caution in choosing new partners

Selecting strategic partners has become a serious concern for listed companies, as large shareholders have recently withdrawn from such partnerships, pocketing much profit but leaving behind operational shortfalls.

Investing

Gov't pledges to invest wisely
09:23 01/11/2014 Gov't pledges to invest wisely

The Government will implement several measures in tandem to ensure that both socio-economic investments and debt repayments are made in such a way that public debt is kept within allowable limits.

Tech

Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google
10:23 31/10/2014 Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google

By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.

Property

Savills property price index up in major cities
11:33 31/10/2014 Savills property price index up in major cities

The Savills property price index (SPPI) for residential and office markets here and in HCM City increased in the third quarter of 2014.

Money

Gold price tumbles to four-year low
09:54 01/11/2014 Gold price tumbles to four-year low

Gold dived to US$1,167.41 per ounce, striking the lowest point since late July 2010.

Province

HCM City hosts annual international retail and franchise show
09:29 01/11/2014 HCM City hosts annual international retail and franchise show

The Vietnam International Retail & Franchise Show 2014 (VIETRF) is taking place at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City from October 30 to November 11, featuring about 250 booths representing 170 companies, from both at home and abroad.

Travel

Vietnam tourism firms, officials cautious about Song Doong Cave cable car construction
13:51 31/10/2014 Vietnam tourism firms, officials cautious about Song Doong Cave cable car construction

After raising the question of whether it is necessary to install a cable car system in Son Doong Cave – the world’s current largest – in UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has received thoughts from conservation and tourism experts as well as local state officials with both positive and negative opinions.

Leisure

Hanoi to host Toyota Classics 2014
09:33 01/11/2014 Hanoi to host Toyota Classics 2014

Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) on October 30 announced its annual 2014 Toyota Classics Concert for charity has been set to perform at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on November 18.

Society

Drunken Russian tourist attacks Vietnam Airlines stewardess, passengers
09:41 01/11/2014 Drunken Russian tourist attacks Vietnam Airlines stewardess, passengers

A drunken Russian tourist caused disorder and physically attacked an air hostess and passengers aboard a Vietnam Airlines flight departing yesterday from Domodedovo International Airport of Russia to Ho Chi Minh City.

Sports

French 'roomies' lead the Colsaerts chase
10:14 01/11/2014 French 'roomies' lead the Colsaerts chase

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts fired a superb eight-under 64 on Friday (Oct 31) to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai, but it will be two French room-mates who will mount an assault on the Belgian in Saturday's third round.

World News

German retail sales post biggest drop in 7 years
09:58 01/11/2014 German retail sales post biggest drop in 7 years

German retail sales posted the biggest monthly drop in September for more than seven years, as shoppers cut back sharply their spending, according to official data released on Friday (Oct 31).

Your Consultant

Green building - a better approach
16:04 28/10/2014 Green building - a better approach

Green building provide an opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves. Looking to other markets in the Southeast Asia region, green building is no longer a nice-to-have option but an advanced tool for competition. Big companies are now rushing to invest in green buildings to secure a competitive advantage.