Khởi nghiệp tỉnh Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu‎Chung kết Cuộc thi Khởi nghiệp ĐMST tỉnh BR-VT năm 2017

Khởi nghiệp tỉnh Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu‎Chung kết Cuộc thi Khởi nghiệp ĐMST tỉnh BR-VT năm 2017

19 dự án khởi nghiệp sẽ cùng nhau tranh tài tại Vòng chung kết Cuộc thi Khởi nghiệp đổi mới sáng tạo tỉnh Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu năm 2017 diễn ra vào ngày 05/01/2018.

Chương trình cũng đặc biệt chứng kiến sự ra mắt của Mạng lưới Nhà đầu tư và Cộng đồng cố vấn tỉnh Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu.

🌐 ICM hân hạnh là đơn vị đồng hành cùng chương trình tìm kiếm những dự án xuất sắc nhất. 
Anh Nguyễn Việt Đức, TGĐ Công ty Cổ phần Quản lý Đầu tư Khởi nghiệp Sáng tạo Việt Nam (ICM), thành viên Hội đồng Giám khảo.

🗓Thời gian: 7:30-12:00 ngày 05/01/2018 (thứ 6)
Địa điểm: Hội trường lầu 4, Khách sạn Malibu, số 263 Lê Hồng Phong, Tp. Vũng Tàu.


Half of Vietnamese get news from social media, survey finds

When social or digital foreign media break stories first, they’ve already won Vietnamese public’s recognition, a propaganda official said.

Vietnamese people love social media, their regular source of daily news, a new survey has found.

Vietnam comes fourth in a survey conducted by Pew Research Center to find out how often people in 38 countries, including both advanced and developing ones, turn to social media to get the news.

While getting news online daily is more common in advanced economies (median of 54 percent) than in emerging and developing ones (median of 23 percent), the difference subsides when only news from social media is taken into account, according to the survey.

“People in advanced economies (median of 36 percent) use social media daily for news at similar rates to those in emerging or developing economies (33 percent),” the Pew Research Center said in a report.

South Korea takes the throne with 57 percent of respondents saying they used social media to get the news several times a day or once a day, followed by Lebanon with 52 percent, Argentina with 51 percent and Vietnam with 48 percent, according to the survey released on Thursday by the nonpartisan American think tank.

In 37 of the 38 countries studied, adults aged 18 to 29 were more likely than those 50 and older to use social media at least once a day for news.

In 10 countries, the gap is at least 50 percentage points, with the biggest difference recorded in Vietnam, at 78 points.

Specifically, as many as 81 percent of Vietnamese respondents aged 18-29 use social media daily to access news, while only 3 percent of those aged 50 and older do so, said the survey which interviewed an average of 1,000 persons in each studied country last year.

Higher income people are also more likely to use social media for daily news than lower income people in 32 surveyed countries, with the biggest gap recorded in Vietnam at 32 percentage points. More than half, or 62 percent, of high income earners in Vietnam get their daily news updates from social networking sites while only 34 percent of low income earners do so.

“Nowadays, it is the early-bird newspaper, not the major one, that will triumph,” Vo Van Thuong, the head of the Communist Party’s propaganda organ, said at a meeting in August last year. When social or digital foreign media break stories first, they’ve already won public recognition, leaving Vietnam’s mainstream media well behind, he added.

Vietnam has around 64 million Facebook users, accounting for 3 percent of global Facebookers, according to a report released in July last year by We Are Social, a social media marketing and advertising agency.

The country surpassed Thailand and Turkey from the previous report released in January last year to secure the seventh spot. In just six months, the number of Vietnamese active users had increased by 40 percent.

More than half of the Vietnamese population of nearly 92 million are online, and people spend more than two hours each day on average on the social media network, said the report.

South Korean economy grows 3.1 pct in 2017

The fourth largest economy in Asia grew at its fastest pace in three years last year.

South Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in three years in 2017, the central bank said Thursday, thanks to robust exports of tech products including semiconductors and growing consumer spending.

The world’s 11th-largest economy and fourth-largest in Asia expanded 3.1 percent last year, up from 2.8 percent in 2016 and the fastest since 2014’s 3.3 percent, the Bank of Korea said.

“Consumer spending showed moderate improvement while investments in construction and corporate infrastructure also rose significantly,” it said in a statement.

Production in the country’s manufacturing sector expanded by 4.2 percent last year – the highest since 2011 when it grew 6.5 percent.

Investment in corporate infrastructure jumped 14.6 percent – the fastest since 2010 – as local firms led by Samsung invested heavily to build or expand plants.

In 2016 Samsung Electronics – the world’s largest chipmaker – invested over 40 trillion won ($37.6 billion) on infrastructure, and it is reported to have invested far more last year.

Consumer spending also rose 2.6 percent in 2017 – the fastest pace since 2011.

In the fourth quarter the economy grew 3.0 percent year-on-year, the central bank added.

It earlier predicted that the country’s economy would grow 3.0 percent this year – in line with estimates by the IMF and OECD.

Vietnam imports just six passenger cars in first two weeks of 2018

Dealerships have been unable to meet new import rules implemented following a trade pact that started this year.

Vietnam imported just six cars with less than nine seats in the first 15 days of 2018, down 616.8 times from the same period last year.

In total, the country imported 60 completely built units (CBUs) in the first fortnight of the year, compared to 5,000 units in the same period last year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

This year’s imported automobiles have been valued at $5.6 million, falling from $116 million last year.

This drop in imports has been blamed on a new decree that was put in place on January 1, which car dealerships say is nigh-on impossible for them to adhere to.

The decree stipulates that traders should only be permitted to import automobiles if they can provide valid vehicle registration certificates issued by authorities from the countries of origin.

Original quality control certificates for each vehicle and letters of authorization regarding recalls of defective vehicles from the manufacturers are also required, along with copies of quality assurance certificates provided by the countries of origin.

Japanese auto manufacturers have decided to suspend exports to Vietnam following the stringent quality regulations.

Toyota has halted all production for export to the Vietnamese market, Nikkei said in a recent report.

The firm manufactures auto components in Vietnam, but imports of CBUs from Thailand, Indonesia and Japan account for around one-fifth of what it sells in the market, said the report.

Fellow Japanese giant Honda had previously planned to consolidate all production of its SUVs in Thailand to take advantage of a new tariff rule that also took effect this year to cut import tariffs for autos built and sold within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 30 percent to zero.

The company has since abandoned that plan, and production of vehicles intended for the Vietnamese market has been suspended since early January.

In a similar move, Mitsubishi Motors has suspended production in Thailand of its Pajero Sports SUV designed for the Vietnamese market, according to Nikkei.

Vietnam orders banks to tighten lending in stock, real estate markets

Lenders should avoid ‘risky areas’ and instead prioritize the manufacturing sector, the State Bank said.

Vietnam’s central bank has ordered lenders to tighten control of investment loans intended for the stock and real estate markets, warning risks of bad debt.

A new statement issued by the State Bank of Vietnam said lenders should avoid focusing on stock and real estate customers and maintain credit growth in these sectors within safe limits.

They have to keep track of their debtors’ finances and the progress of their projects, it said.

“Credit expansion should go hand in hand with strict supervision to ensure loans are used for the purposes they are intended for and do not add to bad debt,” the statement said.

The bank’s warning comes in the wake of a property development crisis in Ho Chi Minh City, where the main contractor American General Construction Inc. halted all operations in the city earlier this month claiming it had only been paid 60 percent of its fee for a high-end apartment project. Concerned parties are still trying to deal with the crisis.

The central bank said lenders should divert their focus from “risky areas” to the manufacturing sector, and give priority to agriculture, exports, supporting industries and high-tech investments.

Nguyen Quoc Hung, a senior official at the bank’s Credit Department, said at a press briefing on Thursday that credit growth in risky areas had been successfully controlled in 2017. The real estate sector reported 8.56 percent in credit growth last year, compared to 12.86 percent in 2016, he said.

Nguyen Thi Hong, the bank’s deputy governor, said it will maintain strict control this year as Vietnam’s economy has become more open and vulnerable to fluctuations on the global market.

Bad debt in Vietnam’s banking sector, mostly incurred due to a slowdown in the country’s real estate market in the early 2010s, had been cut to 2.34 percent by the end of September 2017, down from 2.46 percent at the end of last year, according to the State Bank. The central bank set up an institution to deal with toxic loans, the Vietnam Asset Management Corp., in late 2013.

Credit ratings agency Moody’s in October upgraded its outlook for Vietnam’s banking system from stable to positive for the next 12-18 months, reflecting the country’s strong economic prospects and positive outlooks for most rated banks.