Vietnam’s economy forecast to grow at 6.8% in 2019 amid weakening global outlook: ADB

Last update 16:22 | 03/04/2019

With growth in the global economy and world trade projected to slow, ADB forecasts that Vietnam’s economic growth will moderate but remain strong at 6.8% this year and 6.7% in 2020, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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“The economic performance in Vietnam reached a sweet spot in 2018, driven by strong exports and domestic demand,” said Eric Sidwick, ADB country director for Vietnam, at the launch of the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) report on April 3. Continue reading “Vietnam’s economy forecast to grow at 6.8% in 2019 amid weakening global outlook: ADB”

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Hoi An shines in Tripfuser’s list favourite travel experiences of 2019

Last update 16:24 | 03/04/2019

Joining Vietnam’s fishermen on a basket boat ride in Hoi An has been named among the 10 most favourite travel experiences of 2019, according to a list released by Tripfuser, a marketplace for private tailored travel.

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Hoi An shines in Tripfuser’s list favourite travel experiences of 2019. 

The iconic basket boat is Vietnamese fishermen’s retaliation to the hefty taxes placed on boats during the French colonial era. Now, it’s become a symbol of Vietnam’s coastal destinations.

In Hoi An, arguably Vietnam’s prettiest town, you can take a ride in one of these boats along the river and out into the sea to catch some crabs with local fishermen on Tripfuser’s 14-day Vietnam highlights tour. Continue reading “Hoi An shines in Tripfuser’s list favourite travel experiences of 2019”

Brunei’s LGBT community flees ‘inhumane’ new stoning laws

Bex Wright
Alexandra Field Profile V2

Updated 4:57 AM ET, Wed April 3, 2019

(CNN) When the tiny, oil-rich kingdom of Brunei first announced in 2013 that it would adopt strict Islamic laws, including death by stoning for gay sex, many in the country’s LGBT community considered fleeing.

But some stayed on, hoping that the law, which is set to be formally enacted on April 3, would never come to pass.

“It’s really scary,” says Khairul, a young gay man in Brunei who spoke to CNN over the phone.

He and others interviewed by CNN for this story asked that their real identities to be hidden over concerns for their safety and that of their families. Continue reading “Brunei’s LGBT community flees ‘inhumane’ new stoning laws”

Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bags

By Thi Ha, Dat Nguyen   April 3, 2019 | 08:13 am GMT+7

Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bags

At least three supermarket chains in Vietnam are using banana leaves to wrap vegetables. Photo by VnExpress/Nghe Nguyen

Several Vietnamese supermarkets have started using banana leaves to wrap vegetables in an effort to reduce plastic waste.

Shoppers at Lotte Mart in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 were recently surprised to see scallions, okra and other vegetables produce wrapped in banana leaves.

Continue reading “Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bags”