theguardian_Cities from Sweden to India are pushing for a totally cash-free society. But as more shops and transport networks insist on electronic payments, where does this leave the smallest traders and poorest inhabitants?
(Ảnh) Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh buổi đêm. Sự năng động của thành phố này khiến nơi đây trở thành điểm đến của nhiều dự án khởi nghiệp tại Việt Nam, và kỳ vọng là của nhiều dự án nữa trong tương lai. Nguồn ảnh: Công cộng .
Munchery’s roasted chicken with frisée, walnut, and blue cheese salad.
Bloomberg.com – Tri Tran was always looking for something better to eat than government gruel. He grew up in the desperately lean decade after the end of the Vietnam War, in the small city of Ba Ria, about 50 miles southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Because his parents were public school teachers, they received discounts on rations of rice, root vegetables, and a paste made from sorghum, which his mother cooked together. The paste was barely enough to subsist on and gave Tran terrible digestive problems. So he, his older brother, Trac, and their father occasionally sneaked into desiccated rice fields to gather wild vegetables and, if they were lucky, paddy crabs.
Tran’s parents knew their sons faced limited prospects. Tran was only 11 years old in 1986, but he remembers failed escape attempts, brokered by shady operators who skirted the communist government’s prohibition on leaving the country. Once, the family stowed away in a canoe and paddled into the middle of Ganh Rai Bay to meet a larger boat that never arrived. Later, walking back from the bay after another failed attempt, they were caught by police and thrown in jail for 24 hours. Tiếp tục đọc “How a Vietnamese Refugee Is Rethinking Food Delivery in America”→
blogs.ADB.org – At this week’s 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, trade ministers are trying to advance 15 years of Doha Development Agenda talks to reduce trade barriers. The real issue, however, is whether African economies can follow East Asia’s success in global supply chains amid “new normal” growth and rising inequality.
Global supply chains refer to the geographical location of stages of production (design, production, marketing, and service activities) in a cost-effective manner and linked by trade in intermediate inputs and final goods. For instance, the Toyota Prius—a hybrid electric mid-size hatchback car—for the US market was designed in Japan and is presently assembled there, but some parts and components are made in Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Tiếp tục đọc “What Africa can learn from Asian supply chains”→
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Earlier this year, Douglas Abrams, CEO of Expara Ventures, came to Vietnam for the first time to attend Techfest, an event organized by the National Agency for Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization Development (NATEC), a body of Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
Expara Ventures, which was part of a group of Singaporean investors including Golden Gate Ventures, KK Fund and JFDI, participated in the inaugural event held at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. The three-day event in May was the largest of its kind in Vietnam and sought to bridge the gap between Vietnam and the region while at the same time providing a national platform to promote the best startups and entrepreneurs in Vietnam.
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techninasia – In 2009, two years after Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), Fashion4Freedom (F4F) was founded by Vietnamese-American LanVy Nguyen to create a socially responsible supply chain for fashion products while at the same time preserving local craft traditions in Vietnam.
Techmaster.vn -Tôi đến đất nước huyền thoại này trong khuôn khổ học bổng của chương trình Quản lý Sáng tạo do Bộ ngoại giao Israel cấp cho các quốc gia ngoài khối OECD. Hiểu rõ những bất lợi nhất định của mình trong ngoại giao so với các quốc gia khác, Israel đầu tư nhiều để tranh thủ tình cảm, gây dựng kênh thông tin tích cực và dần thể hiện trách nhiệm của một quốc gia tiên tiến với các quốc gia đang phát triển. Họ gọi việc đó là nỗ lực chủ động xây dựng thương hiệu quốc gia. Và học bổng mà tôi được may mắn là một trong 27 người của 19 quốc gia trên toàn thế giới nhận được là một hoạt động quan trọng trong nỗ lực ấy. Cũng phải nói lời cảm ơn đối với YBA, đặc biệt là PCT thường trực Nguyễn Tuấn Quỳnh, vì nếu không được sự giới thiệu nhiệt tình của các anh thì có lẽ sẽ khó khăn hơn rất nhiều để có thể nhận được suất học bổng kéo dài suốt một tháng ở một đất nước của những điều kỳ diệu như vậy.
More than two decades after the emigration of Vietnam’s “boat people” reached its apex, a new exodus is underway. Increasing numbers of university-aged Vietnamese students are pursuing degrees abroad. These new emigrants – who can perhaps be termed “Book People” – see high value in degrees from American, British, and Australian schools. Further, many remain in their host countries after graduation, attracted by high paying jobs matching their skill sets. Two factors can reverse this loss of talent: growth in domestically owned high-value-added industries and continued improvement of domestic universities. These strategies could also be a roadmap for the many countries facing similar emigration challenges. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s Book People”→
Innovation Champions during the Training of Trainers session on July 7, 2015. Photo by Tran Anh Tuan
Finland and Vietnam—what do these two countries have in common? At first glance, perhaps not much. Vietnam has a population of 90+ million and Finland’s population doesn’t even break the six million mark. Finland’s GDP per capita is almost $50,000 while Vietnam’s is approximately $2,000. And Helsinki is considered one of the most future-oriented governments in the world while Hanoi is known for its traditional elements; after all, it’s an over-1000-year-old city. So it might come as a surprise to learn that Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology have joined forces to foster innovation, support initiatives, and develop entrepreneurs via the Innovation Partnership Programme (IPP).
ODI – Social enterprise has been a broadly defined term, poorly understood at the level of country and sector context specific activity. This paper synthesises findings, based on case studies of social enterprises operating in the agriculture and health sectors in Kenya and Vietnam. Main conclusions are that the concept of social enterprise needs to be clearly defined if governments and donors want to give preferential support to such organisations and that defining social enterprise as a hybrid business model facilitates identification and analysis of enterprise models that are distinct from mainstream business. The research found that the social enterprises covered in the survey were often small, personality driven, and internationally supported. Social enterprises face special constraints linked to their hybrid business model: access to finance, human resources, legal status, difficult markets, and management weakness. Market and state failure creates niches for social enterprise: serving disadvantaged communities, managing public infrastructure, and creating environmental benefits. Governments, donors and promoters should assess the niche for social enterprise in specific market contexts in place of blanket promotion of the concept.
theguardian – It’s mid-afternoon in the village of Duong O, Bac Ninh province, but Huong hasn’t got time to break for tea. She’s only halfway through the long, exhausting job of making a traditional paper called Do. It’s winter and her hands are raw from the process of dipping a framed screen into a trough of frigid water, raising the pulpy tree bark fibres from the surface and transferring them onto a board, where they will be pressed and dried to become a single sheet of paper.
(LĐ) – Sau một đêm thức trắng, ông Trần Ngọc Huỳnh (Hai Huỳnh) ở ấp 12, xã Khánh Thuận, huyện U Minh (tỉnh Cà Mau) quyết định mình phải làm… giám đốc bằng cách thành lập công ty.
Ông thanh minh: “Không phải kinh doanh làm giàu, cũng không phải để dựt le với bà con, tui làm giám đốc chỉ với mục đích duy nhất là để được thuê lại chính đất rừng của mình thay vì phải hợp tác với Cty TNHH MTV U Minh Hạ và bị họ phát canh thu tô suốt 15 năm nay…”.
EnergyBiz – The peer-to-peer sharing economy is finding its way into every industry. From Uber to Airbnb, companies are doing all they can to take advantage of crowdsourcing to create a large-scale, paying consumer base. Now, solar start-up Yeloha thinks it has found a way to apply this new, social way of doing business to clean energy.
Solar energy, of course, is becoming an increasingly viable way of powering the home. Over the last decade alone, the cost of installing solar power has dropped by more than 73% according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Residential solar costs alone have plummeted by 45% in just the last five years and there is currently enough solar electricity generated in the U.S. to run more than 4 million homes. So why are fewer than 1% of American households running on solar energy?