Vietnam Investment Review - VIR

Corporate

Online games get special tax break
09:37 22/10/2014 Online games get special tax break

The lastest draft of the amended law on special consumption tax has apparently excluded online games from the list of goods and services to be taxed.

Investing

Vietnam 2nd fastest-growing smartphone market in SE Asia: GfK
09:54 22/10/2014 Vietnam 2nd fastest-growing smartphone market in SE Asia: GfK

Vietnam came second among the three fastest growing smartphone markets in terms of volume turnover in Southeast Asia in the past 12 months, a German market research firm said Tuesday in a press release.

Tech

More hackers targeting mobile phones to get bank info: Survey
10:32 22/10/2014 More hackers targeting mobile phones to get bank info: Survey

A report by Kaspersky Labs with Interpol found that 60 per cent of the malicious programs targeting Android devices between August 2013 and July 2014 were designed to steal money or banking credentials.

Property

Law could simplify buying homes
10:32 20/10/2014 Law could simplify buying homes

Hanoi - Viet Nam is considering changing the amended Housing Law, which is now under discussion, to make it easier for foreigners and Vietnamese expatriates to buy houses in the country.

Money

ECB bond-buying reports send euro lower
10:26 22/10/2014 ECB bond-buying reports send euro lower

Reports that the European Central Bank could expand its bond-buying programme to corporate debt pushed the euro lower against the dollar and other major currencies on Tuesday (Oct 21).

Province

Thai Binh offers more incentives for investments
09:45 22/10/2014 Thai Binh offers more incentives for investments

This northern province has committed to luring both domestic and foreign investors by providing favourable conditions for them.

Travel

Fantastic terrace rice fields in October
15:10 21/10/2014 Fantastic terrace rice fields in October

Mu Cang Chai, a district of Yen Bai Province in the nation’s northern upland, has become one of the most popular destinations for travelers and photographers to capture beautiful images of terrace rice fields and daily activities of ethnic minority peoples.

Leisure

San Chay people’s dance recognised as national intangible cultural heritage
09:21 22/10/2014 San Chay people’s dance recognised as national intangible cultural heritage

Tac Xinh dance of the San Chay ethnic minority people in Phu Luong district, the northern province of Thai Nguyen has been declared a national intangible cultural heritage.

Society

Kids need better food, mental care
09:50 22/10/2014 Kids need better food, mental care

Nutrition and psychological care are vital for the comprehensive development of children, experts told a seminar in HCM City on Sunday attended by kindergarten teachers.

Sports

Manchester City in trouble after CSKA draw
10:41 22/10/2014 Manchester City in trouble after CSKA draw

The Premier League champions, desperately needing a win in Moscow after an opening defeat to Bayern Munich and a draw with AS Roma, let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday (Oct 21).

World News

Russia-Ukraine gas talks falter, new meeting next week
10:11 22/10/2014 Russia-Ukraine gas talks falter, new meeting next week

European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger however said "significant progress" was made after the talks broke up between the Ukrainian and Russian energy ministers, Yuri Prodan and Alexander Novak.

Your Consultant

MPI encourages eco-IPs
08:38 20/10/2014 MPI encourages eco-IPs

With industrial parks across the nation facing the challenge of meeting emission restrictions, the Vietnamese government is encouraging investors to develop eco-industrial parks for sustainable  growth.