Vietnam Investment Review - VIR

Corporate

Mekong Capital wins Frontier Market Firm of the Year 2014 Award
15:45 03/03/2015 Mekong Capital wins Frontier Market Firm of the Year 2014 Award

Mekong Capital was just awarded Frontier Market Firm of the year for 2014 by Private Equity International. The Private Equity International Awards 2014 are voted by investment industry professionals, and included more than 35,000 votes across all categories for the 2014 awards.

Investing

Miners set to dig in over green fees
16:02 03/03/2015 Miners set to dig in over green fees

Mine and quarry operators may be faced by a big rise in environmental protection fees following the government’s decision to revise the charges.

Tech

Travel through the Amazon forest from the comfort of your home
14:58 03/03/2015 Travel through the Amazon forest from the comfort of your home

Google Maps’ first zipline Street View collection will allow the public to travel from the forest’s upper canopy to the forest floor, as well as take a virtual float down the many rivers in the Amazon.

Property

Real estate players pump cash in as confidence rises
16:08 03/03/2015 Real estate players pump cash in as confidence rises

Established real estate players and relative new-comers alike have expressed growing confidence over residential sales in the early part of this year, using the opportunity to increase investment.

Money

Gold prices slump in domestic market, rise globally
10:12 03/03/2015 Gold prices slump in domestic market, rise globally

Domestic consumers, who bought gold on the God of Wealth Day, have incurred losses as local gold prices fell VND130 (US$6.1) per tael on March 2.

Travel

Japan steps up efforts to attract visitors from VN
10:02 03/03/2015 Japan steps up efforts to attract visitors from VN

A seminar to promote attractive destinations in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo was held in HCM City yesterday, with the participation of nearly 30 Vietnamese travel agencies.

Leisure

30-ton precious rock 'detained' in central Vietnam
09:57 03/03/2015 30-ton precious rock 'detained' in central Vietnam

Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong are holding a huge precious piece of rock weighing up to 30 tons recently excavated by a farmer in Dak Mil District while gardening, local authorities reported.

Society

US to provide $8mn for UXO removal in central Vietnam
15:49 03/03/2015 US to provide $8mn for UXO removal in central Vietnam

This year the U.S. government will grant US$8 million for clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri during the war before 1975, a senior American official has said.

Sports

Vietnam to invest $4.8mn in training 20 elite athletes abroad
09:52 03/03/2015 Vietnam to invest $4.8mn in training 20 elite athletes abroad

Vietnam plans to send 20 elite athletes from seven sports on overseas training trips in the hope of winning medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

World News

Origins of AIDS virus strains traced to gorillas
15:04 03/03/2015 Origins of AIDS virus strains traced to gorillas

Two of four strains of the virus that can cause AIDS come from gorillas in southwestern Cameroon, an international team of scientists reported in studies published Monday in the United States.

Your Consultant

HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels
15:46 25/02/2015 HCM City youth call on banks, firms to stop funding fossil fuels

A series of activities on climate change and energy have been launched by 350.org Viet Nam aimed at raising people's awareness about the threat of a carbon bubble.