Vietnam Investment Review - VIR

Corporate

Power tariffs to rise 9.5 per cent
09:27 30/01/2015 Power tariffs to rise 9.5 per cent

Electricity tariffs will be hiked up to 9.5 per cent in 2015, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Investing

Omanis ready to shake on Haiphong Port deal
14:44 28/01/2015 Omanis ready to shake on Haiphong Port deal

The investment by the State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman into Haiphong Port, if successful, is expected to inspire other foreign investors to engage in the restructuring of the Vietnamese seaport industry.

Tech

Spotify to replace Sony streaming music service
11:16 30/01/2015 Spotify to replace Sony streaming music service

Swedish music streamer Spotify will provide the soundtrack for Sony devices, the companies said on Wednesday (Jan 28), spelling the end to the streaming music service from the Japanese tech giant that invented the Walkman.

Property

Becamex IDC flat owners get ownership certificates
09:10 27/01/2015 Becamex IDC flat owners get ownership certificates

The Investment and Industrial Development Corporation (Becamex IDC) issued 200 social housing ownership certificates to owners of flats in the corporation's social housing project in the Binh Duong Province,

Money

Standard Chartered expects higher economic growth in VN
09:00 30/01/2015 Standard Chartered expects higher economic growth in VN

Standard Chartered Bank expects Viet Nam's gross domestic product growth to accelerate to six per cent in 2015, higher than its previous forecast of 5.8 per cent.

Province

Power grid development in HN, HCM City approved
09:06 30/01/2015 Power grid development in HN, HCM City approved

The PM has approved the financial mechanism of the Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City Power Grid Development Sector Project, which is sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF).

Leisure

Ao Dai on show in Germany
11:53 28/01/2015 Ao Dai on show in Germany

The latest collection of Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional tunics) and hand-made embroidery silk scarves by Hanoi fashion designer Lan Huong are turning heads in Berlin, Germany.

Society

New plan sharpens ethnic minority focus
09:32 30/01/2015 New plan sharpens ethnic minority focus

A three to four per cent reduction in the number of ethnic minority poor households each year is one of the main targets of a new five-year (2016-2020) plan targeting the minorities.

Sports

Villarreal to face Barcelona in Cup semi-finals
11:44 30/01/2015 Villarreal to face Barcelona in Cup semi-finals

Villarreal will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey as Gerardo Moreno's late strike sealed a 2-0 aggregate win away to Getafe.

World News

Mexico hospital blast kills two, injures dozens
09:49 30/01/2015 Mexico hospital blast kills two, injures dozens

A gas truck blew up outside a maternity hospital in Mexico City on Thursday (Jan 29), killing at least two people, injuring dozens and trapping others after the building crumbled.

Your Consultant

Energy-saving buildings offer banks new financial products
11:45 12/01/2015 Energy-saving buildings offer banks new financial products

Nearly half of the world’s energy consumption is a result of cooling, heating and ventilating buildings, while construction work is responsible for more than half of the globe’s resources consumption. Addressing these significant levels of consumption is becoming increasingly urgent with greenhouse gas emissions expected to double by 2030, with emerging markets among key contributors to this increase.