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BCG Energy instals 43MW rooftop solar energy systems in 2020

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Delegates cut the ribbon to open the rooftop solar system installed at Kangda Board Co., Ltd located in the Linh Trung III processing zone, Tây Ninh Province, on December 28. — Photo courtesy of the company

 TÂY NINH — Skylar Joint Stock Company, a subsidiary of BCG Energy JSC, held a grand inauguration ceremony for the rooftop solar system installed at Kangda Board Co., Ltd located in the Linh Trung III export processing zone, Tây Ninh Province, on December 28.

Skylar JSC, which specialises in rooftop solar, signed two contracts with Kangda Board and Sheng He Wood to supply and install rooftop solar systems with a capacity of 6 MW and 2.3 MW respectively on September 29. Both companies are situated in the Linh Trung III processing zone.

The systems with a total capacity of 8.3 MW and costing of over VNĐ150 billion (US$6.4 million) have been installed and put into operation after three months of construction.

The ceremony was attended by local leaders, the management of the processing zone and representatives of Bamboo Capital Group, its subsidiaries and strategic partners.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, rooftop solar is a clean and renewable energy, which helps prevent power loss during transmission.

Besides, rooftop solar systems make use of the existing grid, generate electricity mainly during the day, the peak time for the power system, thus helping reduce load peaks, and take advantage of roof space in residential areas and industrial parks.

Under MoIT’s renewable energy programme, the country plans to have 100,000 rooftop solar systems, equivalent to 1,000 MW of capacity.

In 2020 BCG Energy put into operation a number of rooftop solar projects in HCM City, Bình Dương, Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Lâm Đồng, Quảng Ngãi, and Bình Định with a total capacity of 43 MW.

The company currently has 100 MW in the pipeline ready to be developed. It aims to have 500 MW of rooftop solar energy in commercial operation in 2020 –24. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/838308/bcg-energy-instals-43mw-rooftop-solar-energy-systems-in-2020.html

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VinFast eyes global market, to open car plant in US

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VinFast eyes global market, to open car plant in US

An VinFast car is tested in a factory in the northern Hai Phong City. Photo by VnExpress/Minh Tuan.


VinFast plans to set up an automobile plant in the U.S. as part of its strategy to start selling there in 2022, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The company, a subsidiary of conglomerate Vingroup, did not provide details about when it will be set up or where.

Bloomberg quoted its CEO Thai Thanh Hai as saying: “VinFast’s vision is to become a global smart electric car company and the U.S. is one of the first international markets that we will focus on.

“We will initially develop high-end models for the U.S.”

The company also plans to open 35 showrooms and service centers this year in California state where it has received a license to test autonomous vehicles on public streets.

Malaysian newspaper The Star quoted Hai as saying VinFast believes it can win over American and other overseas customers leery of buying an automobile from a Vietnamese company they know little or nothing about by offering top-quality vehicles with high safety standards and advanced technology.

The company has R&D centers in Australia, Germany and the U.S.

VinFast, founded by Vietnam’s first billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong, began selling cars with BMW-licensed engines in 2019.

Last year it sold 31,500 units, all in Vietnam, where 296,634 cars were sold in all.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/business/companies/vinfast-eyes-global-market-to-open-car-plant-in-us-4242502.html

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Van Don airport resumes operations today

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Passengers carry out flight procedures at the Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh. The airport has been allowed to resume operations starting today, March 3, after nearly one month of suspension to contain the spread of Covid-19 – PHOTO: NDLO

HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has issued a decision allowing the Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province to resume operations starting today, March 3, after nearly one month of suspension to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The airport has implemented multiple restriction measures and raised the Covid-19 alert level higher than the common standards to ensure the safety of passengers and the airport’s staff members, reported Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

Earlier, the ministry decided to shut down the airport in 15 days from January 29 to February 13 to combat Covid-19, as an airport security staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The ministry later extended the airport’s closure to February 21 and then to March 3.

On February 28, Nguyen Xuan Ky, secretary of the Quang Ninh Province Party Committee, affirmed that the coronavirus cluster at the airport was completely brought under control.

Accordingly, local carriers later announced their plans to resume air services on routes linked to the Van Don airport.

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will operate one weekly flight on the HCMC-Van Don route on Wednesdays between March 3 and 17 and plans to increase it to three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from March 18 to December 31 this year. The flights will depart from HCMC at 1 p.m. and from Van Don at 3:45 p.m.

Low-cost carrier Vietjet announced that it will resume air services on the route with four weekly flights this month.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80766/van-don-airport-resumes-operations-today.html

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USTR names three notorious markets for counterfeiting and piracy in Vietnam

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Market surveillance officers suddenly inspect a store at Ben Thanh Market in District 1, HCMC – PHOTO: PLO

HCMC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has included Vietnam’s traditional markets of Ben Thanh and Dong Xuan and online platform Shopee in the list of online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial piracy or counterfeiting.

The 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (Notorious Markets List, or NML) of USTR focuses on examining the use of e-commerce platforms and other third-party intermediaries to facilitate the importation of counterfeit and pirated goods into the United States.

“The rapid growth of e-commerce platforms has helped fuel the growth of counterfeit and pirated goods into a half trillion-dollar industry. This illicit trade has an enormous impact on the American economy by eroding the competitiveness of American workers, manufacturers and innovators,” stated the report.

Commenting on this report, the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said the report was done carefully, earnestly and constructively. Related parties can use this report to encourage the private sector and governments to take proper measures against piracy or counterfeiting.

“However, NML neither gives specific evidence on the violations nor reflects the official standpoint of the U.S. Government about the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in related countries,” said Nguyen Ky Minh, deputy chief of office at the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance.

For Shopee, the report mentions the entire Shopee platform that covers many countries including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil and Vietnam.

According to the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance, Shopee in Vietnam (Shopee.vn) has the mechanism to resolve complaints about intellectual property rights as well as solutions to manage the products and vendors on its platform.

Regarding the Dong Xuan and Ben Thanh markets, two hotspots of piracy or counterfeiting for many years, the directorate issued Plan No. 3972 in 2019 to address the problems at these two famous traditional markets.

The number of vendors selling counterfeit goods at these markets has dropped significantly over the past two years. Beside this, thanks to sudden inspections by the local authorities and strict sanctions, many stores selling counterfeit products have been closed.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80765/ustr-names-three-notorious-markets-for-counterfeiting-and-piracy-in-vietnam.html

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