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Cần Thơ seeks solutions to resume production



The social distancing measures have caused more than 1,000 enterprises in Cần Thơ to suspend operations in the last two months.— VNA/ Thanh Liêm

HÀ NỘI — As a hub of garment and textile production and agriculture in Việt Nam, Cần Thơ City wants to ease social distancing measures to help businesses.

In an online conference between businesses and the government in the southern city, attendees discussed support plans for when social distancing ends, with vaccination and working methods mentioned as priorities.

According to the Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association, there are seven large factories with from 500 to 2,000 employees each and nearly 40 small production facilities in the city. Cần Thơ is also a destination for training workers for many other provinces in the region.

A representative of the association said: “If there is no good solutions, these workers will be lost and very difficult to find again.”

Nguyễn Thái Hùng, deputy chairman of Việt Nam Textile and Apparel Association in charge of the Mekong Delta region, said garment factories borrowed to buy materials for their orders but could not produce for the last two months during the social distancing period.

The measures were damaging as businesses still have to pay interest, said Hùng, adding: “The three on-site option is only a temporary solution.”

According to a report by the Department of Industry and Trade, the social distancing measures caused more than 1,000 enterprises, or more than 92 per cent of the city’s total, including 155 enterprises in processing and industrial zones, to suspend operations over the last two months.

At the same time, the enterprises operating the “3 on-site” model were facing difficulties because of high costs, while some that did not have facilities to accommodate employees could not reduce the risk of infection. Some of those enterprises used external services for catering, delivery and maintenance.

In terms of agriculture production, Phạm Thái Bình, director of Trung An High Agriculture Joint Stock Company specialising in rice exports, said his company received an order of 150 containers of high-quality fragrant rice from Europe, but his firm could only ship 32 containers, about 20 per cent of the order, during the social distancing period.

Huỳnh Thiên Trang, deputy director of the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Cần Thơ Branch (VCCI Cần Thơ) asked to increase the source of vaccines for workers as well as loans for businesses to purchase agricultural products and for an alternative solution to the ‘3 on-site’ option.

Trang said the city needed a roadmap to open up priority groups of industries that both ensure production and safety including the group of manufacturing industries with a large number of workers, those in agriculture, aquaculture and supplying raw materials, those in trade and service industries and transport and delivery. 

Trang said industries with a large number of workers that will have their staff vaccinated could go to work with periodic testing.

In the agriculture and aquaculture groups, immediate injection of vaccine should be given to transport workers and stevedores, she added.

In trade and services, the city should reopen traditional markets with 50 per cent of traders vaccinated, while Cần Thơ needed to let restaurants and catering establishments operate take away services, said Trang.

The VCCI Cần Thơ leader said: “These things will immediately provide a daily income for small businesses as well as the number of workers waiting for subsidies, reducing pressure on the city.”

To fulfil the dual goals when resuming operations, Trang said: “It is necessary to implement many solutions in parallel, zoning the different areas to manage the movement of workers.”

Trang said travel regulations should be managed by the business as they could sack any workers which break the rules, which is much better than a fine. 

Trang suggested easing social distancing measures in the city by September and reconnect with other parts of the Mekong Delta and HCM City in October so local goods could be sold and exported smoothly. 

She said: “If the measures are removed without connecting with other provinces in the region and HCM City, it will not solve the problems of enterprises.”

Agreeing with the VCCI representative, Mr. Nguyễn Văn Hào, chairman of the Cần Thơ Business Association, suggested that the city organise a conference to connect provinces in the Mekong Delta to ease the barriers and better circulate goods.

While Hào asked the city to let enterprises change on-site workers every three weeks, Phạm Duy Tín, head of the Cần Thơ processing zone asked the city to develop and implement the “two on-site” model, in which workers who have had two doses of vaccine could return home after work with travel passes issued and managed by their companies.

Chairman of the city Trần Việt Trường told the conference the city would develop plans and solutions to maintain production, asking businesses to support the city’s measures following Directive 16 as it remains in the very high-risk group.

Trường said the city would try to find vaccine sources to inject workers and let them resume production. He also asked all relevant authorities to complete a plan on restoring production and business by the end of 2021 and support businesses in terms of loans and production plans. —



EVN reduces electricity purchases as consumption drops



Because of low electricity consumption, thermopower, hydropower, wind and solar power plants have had to cut their capacity.

EVN reduces electricity purchases as consumption drops

According to the Vietnam Electricity Regulatory Authority (A0), electricity consumption in the country continued to decrease in the first two weeks of September 2021.

The peak daily capacity of the whole country was 29,700MW, while the total output of the entire electricity system was 624.3 million kwh per day.

As such, the country’s electricity consumption in the first half of the month was 24 percent lower than before, when large-scale social distancing began in mid-July and 15 percent lower than the same period last year.

The peak daily capacity in the south in the first two weeks of September was 12,200MW, while the total output was 243 million kwh per day.

The electricity consumption of the southern region during that time was 29 percent lower than before, when social distancing began and 23 percent lower than the same period last year.

To ensure the safe operation of the national electricity system when consumption goes down as a result of social distancing, A0 and local regulatory units have adjusted the mobilization of electricity to the demand of the whole country and every region, while ensuring technical requirements to regulate the national system safely.

“The regulation of the national system must fit the structure of power sources and transmission capacity among regions. The mobilization of electricity sources in the system is always implemented with the principle of transparency and equality, with no discriminatory treatment to the types of electricity sources,” the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) stated.

EVN has asked owners of power plants to closely cooperate with A0 and local regulatory units and strictly implement commands on electricity mobilization to ensure the safe operation of the national electricity system, especially when consumption decreases as a result of Covid-19.

This means that power plants will have to cut capacity and their electricity would be unsold.

According to EVN, the power generating units that connect and provide electricity to the national grid have the responsibility of strictly complying with the operation method and commands of the regulatory units which have the right to control and examine as prescribed in Circular 40/2014/TT-BCT stipulating the process of regulating the national power system, and Circular 31/2019/TT-BCT that amends and supplements a number of articles of the process. They have to take responsibility for violations of the law.

In related news, EVN Hanoi reported that as of the end of August, it had reduced electricity prices and electricity bills for clients hit by Covid-19, totaling VND329.58 billion. 

Luong Bang


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Ministry investigates evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar



Bags of sugar displayed for sale at a supermarket in Bangkok. — VNA/ Photo Ngọc Quang

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) on Tuesday issued a decision to investigate the evasion of trade remedies for cane sugar products originating from Thailand after considering requests from domestic sugar producers.

The ministry said it has received the petition of the Vietnam Sugarcane and Sugar Association (VSSA) and domestic cane sugar refineries, which submitted evidence that Thai cane sugar products subject to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy taxes have entered the Vietnamese market through five ASEAN countries of Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar.

The MoIT officially imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on a number of sugar cane products originating from Thailand on June 15, 2021.

Data of local customs agencies shows that the volume of sugar imported from the five above-mentioned ASEAN countries had increased sharply to 527,200 tonnes from 107,600 tonnes after Viet Nam initiated an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into sugar from Thailand from October 2020 to June 2021.

Meanwhile, the import volume from Thailand has decreased by nearly 38 per cent, from 955,500 tonnes to 595,000 tonnes in the period.

The MoIT has actively coordinated with the VSSA to monitor the import of cane sugar products and actively consulted and assisted the VSSA, as well as the domestic cane sugar industry, in collecting information and data and making a petition to request an investigation into this behaviour. —


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Santorini masterpiece on the most beautiful avenue of Vung Tau downtown

Léman Cap Residence has taken inspiration from paradise island Santorini in Greece to bring the Mediterranean breath to Ha Long street, the most beautiful avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau.



Project inspired by Santorini Paradise, a destination of Hollywood stars

Santorini is a mainstay on the list of Top 10 paradise islands by the famous American Travel + Leisure Magazine. The island has also been voted as one of the Top 20 most expensive vacation destinations in the world with five-star luxury resorts. It is apparent why many famous Hollywood stars choose Santorini for vacationing.

Rumor has it that “Mrs. Smith” Angelina Jolie once bought a villa right on Santorini island for annual vacations. If you ever get lost here, you will most likely come across Tom Hanks and his wife, Shakira and Pique, or basketball player Michael Jordan. Music star Justin Bieber has also been to Santorini to enjoy the delicious food and wine. The island’s famous specialty is made from grapes grown on the volcanic mountains.

Santorini has always been an irresistible magnet with its characteristic Cycladic architecture, an integral part of the Mediterranean culture. Cycladic architecture is famous for its uniqueness and charm, providing the islands with minimal aesthetics but with a daring style. The most prominent characteristic of this architectural style, are the white washed cube houses built next to and on top of one another.

Léman Cap Residence – a diamond at the most expensive luxury boulevard in the coastal city of Vung Tau
Léman Cap Residence – a diamond at the most expensive luxury boulevard in the coastal city of Vung Tau

Visit Léman Cap Residence – a diamond at the most expensive luxury boulevard in the coastal city of Vung Tau

Visitors looking for a taste of Greece need not go that far anymore. Léman Cap Residence now captures the essence of the paradise island Santorini in its design and architecture. Travel lovers can now visit the made in Vietnam Santorini to admire the beauty of the island on Ha Long Street in Vung Tau.

Ha Long is the most bustling street in Vung Tau with well-developed transport infrastructure surrounded by thousands of five-star entertainment services. Along the avenue lie many famous tourist attractions such as Front Beach, Pineapple Beach, Nghinh Phong Cape, Bai Dau and Bai Sau tourist areas, which welcome millions of tourists every year.

Just a few minutes walk from Léman Cap Residence apartment to Ha Long Street, you can easily access a variety of branded shophouses, specialty restaurants, entertainment services, temples and churches, which are the cultural symbols of Vung Tau. Being located on the central route of the city, visitors can reach other areas quickly and easily via Long Thanh International Airport, Ring Road 4 connecting Vung Tau with the western region, as well as many other highways.

The masterpiece Léman Cap Residence fascinates with its unique Santorini architecture with characteristic white and blue colours. The project offers remarkable and unique ocean views while leaning against the green hills. A forest in the middle of the busy street, Léman Cap Residence is a separate resort complex with green nature, blooming flowers and chirping birds all year round.

Léman Cap Residence is located in Ha Long street - the most beautiful central avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau
Léman Cap Residence is located in Ha Long street – the most beautiful central avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau

Léman Cap Residence will leave impression on people with its beauty. Léman Cap Residence is a unique Santorini masterpiece with the immense blue sea in front and the fresh green mountains behind. Meanwhile, the surrounding areas are bustling and colourful entertainment complex. 

Léman Cap Residence: Masterpiece Santorini – A diamond on the most beautiful central avenue in the coastal city of Vung Tau

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