Vietnam Investment Review - VIR

Corporate

Nokia assessed for hi-tech tax break
08:00 02/05/2016 Nokia assessed for hi-tech tax break

Nokia Vietnam, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft, must await final approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology to see if it qualifies as a hi-tech enterprise eligible for tax incentives.

Investing

MIGA’s safety net allays investor fears
08:00 02/05/2016 MIGA’s safety net allays investor fears

Investment guarantees can help Vietnam attract new foreign capital sources. Karin Finkelston, vice president and chief operating officer for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency – the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group talked to VIR’s Minh Trang how such guarantees could mitigate risks and draw foreign investors into the country.

Tech

Internet grows to 314 million domain names in Q4/2015
21:00 30/04/2016 Internet grows to 314 million domain names in Q4/2015

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), a global leader in domain names and internet security has announced that approximately 15 million domain names were added to the internet in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of registered domain names to approximately 314 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of the end of last year.

Property

Real estate sector M&As on the rise
08:00 02/05/2016 Real estate sector M&As on the rise

Vietnam is becoming an attractive profit-generating market for investment in Southeast Asia, with a low interest rate, record low inflation in 2015, and the VND exchange rate far better than other currencies in the region.

Money

Foreign, domestic shareholders fight over control at Eximbank
10:02 02/05/2016 Foreign, domestic shareholders fight over control at Eximbank

Domestic shareholders at Vietnam Export Import Bank (Eximbank) refused to show up at the annual shareholders’ meeting on April 29 possibly to protest foreign shareholders’ pushing them out of the Board of Directors.

Province

Ho Chi Minh City celebrates liberation
06:41 30/04/2016 Ho Chi Minh City celebrates liberation

Since its liberation on April 30, 1975, Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon, has witnessed big changes in its socio-economic development. Nguyen Truong Nhan, vice chairman of the city’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, spoke with VIR’s Gia Huy on this topic.

Travel

Da Nang seawater not contaminated, tourists can swim
11:11 02/05/2016 Da Nang seawater not contaminated, tourists can swim

The testing results of sea water samples in Da Nang shows that the water is normal for serving aquatic sports and entertainment activities, according to authorities of Da Nang.

Leisure

British DJ to perform at Observatory with visual art
11:05 02/05/2016 British DJ to perform at Observatory with visual art

The Heart Beat will present DJ and music producer Shifted, aka Guy Brewer, from the UK at The Observatory on May 6. This will be his debut performance in Asia.

Society

Spectacular firework celebrating the Liberation Day
09:00 01/05/2016 Spectacular firework celebrating the Liberation Day

At 9pm on April 30, millions of Ho Chi Minh City citizens all welcomed the firework celebrating the 41st year of Vietnam's Liberation Day in Vietnam.

Sports

Almagro ends four-year title drought at Estoril
10:52 02/05/2016 Almagro ends four-year title drought at Estoril

Nicolas Almagro ended a title drought lasting four years on Sunday when the experienced Spanish clay-courter defeated younger compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to win the Estoril Open.

Your Consultant

New criteria for evaluating advanced technology firms
14:18 20/04/2016 New criteria for evaluating advanced technology firms

Enterprise revenue, average total expenditure and number of workers are some of the factors considered in new regulations for becoming a hi-tech enterprise.