EU Parliament to approve EU-Vietnam trade deal despite human rights “concerns”

By Jorge Valero | 0:02

A worker operates at Garment 10 company in Hanoi, Vietnam, 07 February 2020. Vietnam’s textile and garment industry expects to achieve 42 billion USD in export in 2020 . [EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH]

The European Parliament is set to approve on Wednesday (12 February) a trade agreement with Vietnam, despite some MEPs and NGOs seeking to postpone their consent until the human rights situation improves in the country.

The agreement, concluded after six years of negotiations, would be the most ambitious deal signed with a developing nation.

It will eliminate 99% of the tariffs over a seven-year period and will reduce other non-tariff barriers for cars wines and spirits. It will also protect Europe’s geographical indications  on products including Champagne, Rioja and Parmigiano.

“The deal will give a boost to the prosperity both of the EU and Vietnam, and represents a great opportunity for European exporters and investors”, said Parliament’s rapporteur, Belgian conservative Geert Bourgeois.

Vietnam is known for its textile and technology exports, especially smartphones. Samsung represents around 20% of the goods the country sends overseas.

Vietnam and EU sign ‘milestone’ free trade agreement

The European Union and Vietnam on Sunday (30 June) signed a long-awaited free trade deal that will slash duties on almost all goods, an agreement that pushes back against a rising tide of global protectionism and hailed as a “milestone” by Brussels.

But human rights organizations and some political groups were calling to postpone the approval until the country improves further its human rights and labour conditions.

During the debate held in the plenary of Tuesday, political groups including the EPP, Socialists, the liberal Renew Europe group and conservatives spoke in favour of giving their consent to their agreement, while the Identity and Democracy, the Greens and the Left-GUE were against.

Following the Parliament’s blessing, the agreement must be approved by the Council. The investment protection agreement must also be ratified by the 27 member states.
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Ra mắt Văn phòng Đại diện Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam tại TP.HCM

Ngày 9/2/2020, Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam đã tổ chức Lễ ra mắt Văn phòng đại diện Hiệp hội tại Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh.

TS Mai Duy Thiện trao quyết định cho ông Hoàng Giang, Trưởng Văn phòng Đại diện Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam tại Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh

Đến tham dự buổi lễ có TS Mai Duy Thiện – Phó Chủ tịch Thường trực, Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam (VCEA) và đông đảo đại diện các doanh nghiệp, hội viên hoạt động trong lĩnh vực năng lượng tái tạo.

Phát biểu tại buổi lễ, ông Mai Duy Thiện cho biết, Việt Nam nằm trong khu vực nhiệt đới gió mùa, số giờ nắng bình quân trong năm từ 2.500 – 3.000 giờ; nhiệt độ bình quân năm trên 21 0 C; hơn 8% diện tích có tiềm năng gió rất tốt (tốc độ gió ở độ cao 65m là 7 – 8 m/giây)… Với lợi thế đó, Việt Nam xác định, đây là 2 nguồn năng lượng chính để phát triển điện sạch.
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Fast fashion giant H&M appoints former sustainability head as CEO; activists call for a different business model 

Industry observers hope H&M Group’s new CEO, Helena Helmersson, will push for more durable fashion and steer the company away from overproduction.

In an appointment that created buzz within sustainability circles last week, Swedish fast fashion giant H&M named its former sustainability head and chief operating officer (COO), Helena Helmersson, to the top job.

Helena Helmersson

Helena Helmersson. Image: Mattias Bardå/ H&M Group

Helmersson is the 73-year-old company’s first female chief executive, but what has caught the eye of activists and fashion industry insiders is the 46 year-old’s career path in the company that she joined in 1997. Tiếp tục đọc “Fast fashion giant H&M appoints former sustainability head as CEO; activists call for a different business model”

VN needs to become low-carbon economy to serve Paris Agreement: experts

Update: January, 08/2020 – 07:45 VNS

Speakers at a workshop held in HCM City on Tuesday to review a project to Support the Planning and Implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions. VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp

HCM CITY — Việt Nam must continue to take “concrete climate actions” to become a low-carbon economy and comply with the global Paris Agreement, a workshop heard in HCM City yesterday.

Hiromichi Murakami, deputy director general of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters’ Global Environment Department, said Việt Nam, as a member of the global community, played a major role in the implementation of the agreement. Tiếp tục đọc “VN needs to become low-carbon economy to serve Paris Agreement: experts”

Vietnam to deliver patrol boats to African customers

07 January 2020

Eight Manta-type boats are seen lined up at the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company facility in Haiphong in a still from footage released by Tu?i Tr?. Two more can be seen in the background. Source: Tuổi Trẻ

African customers have ordered patrol boats that have been built by Vietnamese shipyards, the country’s Tuổi Trẻ newspaper reported on 2 January.

The story and accompanying video focused on the delivery of 50 patrol boats that had been ordered by an unidentified billionaire and showed several small craft being loaded onto a cargo ship for delivery to Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

More significantly, Tuổi Trẻ also reported that 10 “armoured patrol boats” were awaiting delivery for unidentified African customers and showed them lined up at a location that could be identified as the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company facility in Haiphong.

The boats appeared to be similar to the 17 m Manta fast patrol boat/interceptor craft made by the Malaysian company Suncraft.

The Manta is also advertised by Vietnam’s Haiphong-based 189 Shipbuilding Company (Z189).

The boats seen at the Hong Ha facility were unarmed but fitted with weapon mounting points in their bow compartments, as well small electro-optical systems made by the US company FLIR.

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Vietnam’s economy shines in 2019 but concerns exist for 2020


HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) – In 2019, the global economy witnessed a steady deceleration.

Uncertainty and high risks impeded growth momentum as a consequence of geo-political confrontations and a conflict between investment liberalisation and protectionism, not to mention climate change.

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