The Ministry of Public Security’s Immigration Management Department will officially launch online invitation and guarantee procedures for Vietnam-based agencies, organisations and enterprises applying for Vietnamese visa for foreigners on July 1.The online procedure was piloted in HCM City on June 15.The move follows Article 10 of Government’s Decree 07/2017/NĐ-CP, dated January 2017, on processes and procedures for pilot issuance of electronic visa to foreigners who wish to enter Vietnam.This move is an administrative reform in the immigration sector and follows government instructions to promote the use of science and technology in State management, the department said.The online procedure will reduce costs and save time, the department said.On Tuesday, the department conducted a training session on the application process, including steps to receive status and complete fax payment through the online system.Domestic agencies, organisations and enterprises that wish … [Read more...] about Visa invitation and guarantee procedures go online
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Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers whether they think movie violence increases violent crimes. Here are some of the replies: Andrew Burden, Canadian, Ha Noi Next week: Police in Ha Noi have recently prosecuted managers of the Muaban24 Online Trade and Training Company for using telecommunications networks and the internet to carry out fraud. The Muaban24 network has about 120,000 members in more than 30 provinces and cities who have joined the network to trade online. People are invited to join this online market and are promised hundreds of millions dong in monthly income for recruiting new members to the network. So far, the company has collected more than VND600 billion ($28.8 million) from its members. Concerns have been raised over Muaban24's use of a marketing strategy called multi-level marketing. Also known as pyramid marketing or network marketing, this strategy is similar to illegal pyramid … [Read more...] about Movies partly to blame for increasing violence
Next week: In a recent study titled Minorities Catch up with Majority: Discourse, Policies and Implications, a researcher from the Ha Noi-based Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment noted that prejudice towards ethnic people in Viet Nam was still common. Some are labelled as backward, poor and less educated with backward customs. According to the studies, some ethnic residents do not want to maintain their cultural and ethnic identities, such as wearing traditional costumes and joining in cultural events. They fear if they do, they will lose their chance to participate in Government development programmes, believing they need to catch up with the majority Kinh people on modern lifestyle. Viet Nam has made many efforts to preserve its 54 ethnic groups and encourage the participation of minority ethnic people in the State apparatus, but apparently more must be done. Do you find the cultures of Viet Nam's ethnic groups … [Read more...] about Group coupons good idea but with risks
Next week: One of Viet Nam's top group coupon websites - an online service offering customers the chance to buy discounted gift certificates every day - temporarily closed last week due to an internal issue at the company. This disruptive move has brought this kind of business (known as a groupon) back into the spotlight and started a hot debate about the reliability of websites of this kind. Groupon sites offer special offers for customers to buy. However, the purchase can only be completed if a certain number of people sign up for the offer. If the predetermined minimum is not met by the end of the day, no one gets the deal. The idea behind this approach is that it reduces the risk faced by retailers, who can use the gift certificates as quantity discounts and a means for sales promotion. Typically, groupon websites make a profit by keeping half of the money paid for the coupon. Last week, the offices and website of the Nhom Mua Company (who operate … [Read more...] about It’s time to make Viet Nam’s liquor control laws tougher
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about the popularity of home shopping in their countries and their experiences with television shopping. Here are some responses.Lee Phil, Korean, HCM City Next week Starting in July 1, foreign visitors to Viet Nam can get their value-added tax refunded on departure from the Noi Bai or Tan Son Nhat airports. The visitors should submit the tax refund application and have their listed products checked, before receiving the money. The items will be transferred to the cargo section, or taken by the passengers as hand luggage. The goods are required to be new and not on the list of prohibited items. A valid invoice with a value of at least VND2 million (US$95) is required. The refund will be made in Viet Nam dong and can be converted to other currencies later. To qualify for a VAT refund, a declaration form must be filled out within 30 days from the date of departure. … [Read more...] about Online shoppers need to be careful
This week: Since 2008, Earth Hour, a global event annually held on the last Saturday of March has attracted millions of participants across over a hundred countries around the world. By encouraging people to turn off their non-essential lights for an hour, the event hopes to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. In Viet Nam, the Earth Hour celebration helped save 500,000kWh in 2010 and 400,000 kWh in 2011, according to Electricity of Viet Nam. This year, the event will take place on March 31 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Despite its well-intended aim, the go-green initiative still faces criticism, even from electricity experts who say that turning off lights cause negative effects such as increased carbon dioxide emissions from candle use, petroleum exhaustion via youth racing round town in celebration and traffic jams. Do you celebrate Earth Hour every year, and how? Do you think the … [Read more...] about Who’s afraid of the new Korean pop music craze?
To many, Viet Nam is a peaceful and friendly destination, abundant in culinary delights, natural treasures and local smiles. But according to some, Viet Nam faces a crisis of image.A recent article by Dea Birkett on the Travel page of the Daily Mail (online) has sparked a debate about how visitor's perceive Viet Nam.In her article, Birkett wrote the country was haunted by "the scars of conflict," that "it's not easy to forget the war" and that "the American war is still evident" throughout the country. Since being published on Sunday, the story has received a predominantly negative reaction from readers, many arguing her preoccupation with war (unfairly) overshadowed her perception of Viet Nam. Do you agree with Birkett? What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be … [Read more...] about What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam?
Next Week To many, Viet Nam is a peaceful and friendly destination, abundant in culinary delights, natural treasures and local smiles. But according to some, Viet Nam faces a crisis of image. A recent article by Dea Birkett on the Travel page of the Daily Mail (online) has sparked a debate about how visitor's perceive Viet Nam. In her article, Birkett wrote the country was haunted by "the scars of conflict," that "it's not easy to forget the war" and that "the American war is still evident" throughout the country. Since being published on Sunday, the story has received a predominantly negative reaction from readers, many arguing her preoccupation with war (unfairly) overshadowed her perception of Viet Nam. Do you agree with Birkett? What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, … [Read more...] about Use of firearms by traffic police should be discouraged
This Week: Should the country impose a luxury tax on soft drinks? The Viet Nam Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Association (VBA) recently proposed that the State administration impose a 10 percent-tax on carbonated beverages, otherwise known as soft drinks. In a proposal sent to the National Assembly, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance, the VBA said carbonated beverages contain a level of acidity that is 100,000 times higher than normal water, which can lead to obesity. According to the document, a reaction between the drinks' saturated carbon dioxide (CO2) with acid in the body creates pressure on the stomach and intestines; and is especially harmful to those who suffer from ulcers. Currently, domestic beverage companies have chosen to focus on non-carbonated drink products, leaving the carbonated drinks to the production of foreign giants. Viet Nam's annual per capita consumption of soft drinks … [Read more...] about Parents are vital in ensuring kids survive cyberbullying
HA NOI (VNS)— The State Securities Commission has started training courses on the use of its Information Disclosure System (IDS) for public companies in the north. IDS is part of the Viet Nam capital market development project sponsored by the Luxembourg government and implemented by Viet Nam's Ministry of Finance and State Securities Commission (SSC).The IDS will receive reports from public companies sent to the SSC in electronic form and analyse the data.The system has three main functions of receiving, processing data and generating statistics.SSC vice president Nguyen Thi Lien Hoa said, "Information disclosure to the commission used to be done on hard copy with a huge amount of data, causing the companies a lot of difficulties." IDS would help businesses reduce procedures, costs and avoid delays in disclosing information, she added.In addition, the system will strengthen the SSC's capability of monitoring what happens in the market and improve its forecasting ability to save … [Read more...] about Information disclosure set to go digital