Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base

The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War

The US has launched a multi-million dollar clean-up operation at an air base in Vietnam it used to store the notorious chemical Agent Orange.

The ten-year programme, unveiled more than four decades after the end of the Vietnam War, will cost $183m (£141m).

The site at Bien Hoa airport, outside Ho Chi Minh City, is considered the most contaminated in the country. Tiếp tục đọc “Agent Orange: US to clean up toxic Vietnam War air base”

Vietnam among top 5 countries importing plastic waste in 2018

Since May 2018, imports of scrap plastic have banned at major ports in Vietnam until further notice. In July 2018, the Vietnamese government announced it will no longer issue new license for plastic waste import.

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Vietnam among top 5 countries importing plastic waste in 2018

Imports of plastic scraps coming into Vietnam (in tons), showing the top 10 export partners. Source: Greenpeace/GAIA.

Vietnam was named among the five countries importing the largest amounts of plastic waste in 2018, raking third with 7.6% of total global imports, according to a joint research between Greenpeace East Asia and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam among top 5 countries importing plastic waste in 2018”

Barriers need to be removed for private businesses

In Vietnam’s history, whenever the economy develops, it is associated with the development of private businesses, and vice versa. Lawyer Truong Thanh Duc from Basico Law Firm writes for “For a Powerful Vietnam” Forum:

A businessman from Australia complained to me about personal income tax payment procedures. When he declared tax for the first time in Australia, he only needed to read the instructions and then fulfill the declaration immediately. But he could not do it here although he has been living here for years.

Barriers need to be removed for private businesses

As a consultancy lawyer, I usually see similar cases.

I work with laws and I read legal documents every day. I give advice to businesses and I get involved in the compilation of laws. However, I sometimes still find it difficult to interpret legal regulations. Tiếp tục đọc “Barriers need to be removed for private businesses”

China becomes biggest foreign investor in Vietnam

Chinese investment has generated jobs and brought capital, but it may also bring about environmental risks and cause problems in foreign worker management, experts say.

The Q1 report about Vietnam’s macroeconomy released by VEPR (the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research) shows that implemented FDI capital increased by 7.52 percent compared with the same period last year, while registered FDI capital was $3.82 billion. Additional investment capital increased by $1.3 billion. Tiếp tục đọc “China becomes biggest foreign investor in Vietnam”

Quang Binh says ‘no’ to cable car in heritage sites

The decision by Quang Binh provincial authorities to reject the cable car project at Song Doong Cave has been applauded by the public.

Experts in recent years have repeatedly warned of ‘landscape pollution’ because of mass tourism, saying that bad behavior towards the landscape and heritage sites are harming cultural values, and in the long term, killing the tourism industry.

Quang Binh says ‘no’ to cable car in heritage sites

Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the Institute for Tourism Research & Development, stressed that natural beauty and landscape values are the most important factors that attract travelers and they need thorough conservation for sustainable tourism development. Tiếp tục đọc “Quang Binh says ‘no’ to cable car in heritage sites”