Vietnam 

Việt Nam wants IMF’s policy consultancy: Deputy PM – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

    Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ received International Monetary Fund’s “Article IV consultations” delegation, headed by Alex Mourmouras in Hà Nội on April 12. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang     HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese Government hopes to receive advice from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to improve its securities market, price regulation and macro-economic policies, Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ said. Hosting a reception for the IMF’s “Article IV Consultations” delegation in Hà Nội on Friday, Huệ said Việt Nam was working to stabilise the macro-economy, accelerate economic restructuring, improves the business and…

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Vietnam 

Việt Nam rolls out red carpet for Thai investment: Deputy PM – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

    Deputy Prime Minister Tịnh Đình Dũng (R) receives SCG Executive Director. VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI  — The Vietnamese Government, ministries and sectors have always created favourable conditions for foreign investors, including those from Thailand, to expand production and business in Việt Nam, Deputy Prime Minister Tịnh Đình Dũng has said. Hosting a reception on Tuesday for Dhep Vongvanich, executive director of the Thai-based Siam Cement Public Company Limited (SCG) in Việt Nam, Deputy PM Dũng highlighted the Việt Nam -Thailand strategic partnership, which has developed strongly in various sectors, especially in economic,…

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Singapore 

Photos of PM Lee Hsien Loong enjoying an evening with family at Botanic Gardens go viral, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spent his Saturday evening (April 6) at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and his visit caught the attention of several eagle-eyed netizens. Photos of PM Lee, Mrs Lee and his grandchild enjoying a concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) at the Gardens have gone viral after they were posted on Facebook on Sunday night. He was pictured in a polo T-shirt and pants on a colourful picnic mat, holding his mobile phone up to take photos of Mrs Lee and his grandchild. One…

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Vietnam 

PM orders hindrances be addressed to fuel growth – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has issued Directive 09/CT-TTg,  specifying solutions to remove obstacles to production and business activities so as to achieve this year’s growth target. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has issued Directive 09/CT-TTg,  specifying solutions to remove obstacles to production and business activities so as to achieve this year’s growth target. In this directive, he made clear that the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 6.79 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 was lower than the predicted scenario.…

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Vietnam 

PM askes Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam to stabilise property markets – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Real estate agents seen on a street in Đà Nẵng. – Photo plo.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked the People’s Committees of Đà Nẵng and Quảng Nam to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Finance to devise measures to stabilise their real estate markets. The order was issued amid reported unusual prices hikes in the two localities’ real estate markets. In Đà Nẵng, land prices in many areas have been inflated by…

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Singapore 

Parliament: In public interest for police to reveal past offences of driver who filmed PM Lee’s son Li Yipeng, says Shanmugam, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Police had stated the criminal record of the driver who filmed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son after picking him up, because it was in public interest to give a fuller explanation and background as to why they were investigating the matter, Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam said on Monday (April 1). A 31-year-old Singaporean man had offered PM Lee’s son, Mr Li Yipeng, a ride in a private car last month and circulated videos from the encounter. The man’s past criminal records then emerged on…

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Singapore 

PM Lee convenes committee to review data security in public sector, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A public sector data security review committee was convened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday to conduct a review of data security practices across the entire public service, following a series of recent data breaches. Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, the committee will examine measures and processes related to the collection and protection of citizens’ personal data by public sector agencies, as well as by vendors who handle personal data on behalf of the government. Mr Teo,…

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Singapore 

Lee Kuan Yew’s former shoemaker to retire in 3 years without successor: ‘PM Lee suggested I retire at 70!’, Singapore News

Another day, another talented craftsman retiring without a successor in sight. Shoemaker Lee Kean Siong, 67, who handmade customised shoes for the late Lee Kuan Yew, told local media that he will be retiring in three years’ time. The second generation of Lee Hoi Wah Shoe Maker lamented about how difficult it is to find a disciple – let alone a successor. “I have had three female disciples who studied shoe-designing and wanted to learn how to make them from scratch. “None of them really mastered the art of it…

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Vietnam 

A Directive needed to improve VN’s performance in 2019: PM – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc wants a plan in place to help local businesses drive the country to fulfil economic targets this year. — Photo VNA/VNS Thống Nhất HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc wants a plan in place to help local businesses drive the country to fulfil economic targets this year. The PM has asked for the development and issuance of a Directive to resolve problems for local enterprises to facilitate the…

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Singapore 

Videos of driver giving PM Lee’s son a ride posted online: 2 men assisting with investigations, Singapore News

Two men are assisting with police investigations after videos showing a car driver asking Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son inappropriate questions while giving him a ride were posted on social media. In the videos, a 31-year-old Singaporean man had offered and given Mr Li Yipeng a ride in his private car. He can then be heard repeatedly asking Mr Li to confirm his identity, his residential address and the security arrangements for him. The videos started circulating on social media over the weekend, along with a screenshot of a…

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