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District-level anti-Covid19 measures applied unevenly among wards

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The “district level” Covid-19 regulations are being made based on administrative orders instead of scientific research. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has mentioned this issue because it greatly affects business activities in Hanoi.

A famous restaurant on Hang Dieu Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi at 3pm on January 18, 2022, was very quiet. There was not a single customer there. A carton board set in front of the restaurant read “Takeaway only”. Not far from the restaurant, another was crowded as it was allowed to sell food on the site. Why? It was located in the neighboring ward.

This shows the “gap” in the regulation banning on-site sales between wards of the same district.

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District-level anti-Covid19 measures applied unevenly among wards

Mr. Le Duy Binh, Executive Director of Economica research organization, said that in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of students going to school is currently over 90% in all districts. In addition to food services, karaoke, spa, massage, discotheque and bar/pub businesses have been allowed to reopen.

Meanwhile, students in more than 10 districts in Hanoi still study online. When Hanoi announced the outbreak at level 3, many districts had to stop direct sales, affecting tens of thousands of catering businesses and households.

Binh said: “This contrasting picture reflects the current situation between the two largest economic centers of the country. Also, it partly shows a very different level of adaptation to Covid-19 of the two cities after nearly three months implementing the Government’s Resolution 128.”

“In the current context, epidemic prevention and control measures need to be enacted in the spirit of ‘proactive, creative’ in order to find ways to adapt, to enhance the predictability of regulations from the authorities, to ensure business rights and economic space. That will be the best stimulus for businesses and business households, particularly the service, catering or education industry.”

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, former Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health, said that Hanoi’s issuance of regulations banning direct sales of food and drinks based on the epidemic level does not have much effect on the current situation.

“If people can’t eat here, they will run to another place. This regulation therefore wastes time of customers and makes it more difficult for the government to control. In my opinion, restaurants should be allowed to sell food and drinks on the site, but they must ensure distancing,” Mr. Nga said.

He also recommends removing the ban on selling food after 9pm, because the number of customers eating at night is very small.

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District-level anti-Covid19 measures applied unevenly among wards

Mr. Hoang Quoc Khanh, Operation Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Group, told VietNamNet: “Humans are not as simple as a switch that can be turned on and off. In addition, because of banning on-site sales, revenue can drop by 90%, and thus the city’s revenues from VAT and corporate income tax will fall.”

He added that banning food and drink sales after 9pm does not have much meaning in terms of epidemic prevention, while it causes revenue for the entire F&B industry to fall by 40-50%.

“Businesses can endure for a period of time, but the prolonged ban will exhaust the F&B industry,” Khanh said.

Mr. Dau Anh Tuan, Head of the Legal Department under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), emphasized that it is contrary to Resolution 128 to ban restaurants from welcoming diners when they meet conditions on epidemic prevention and control.

Mr. Nguyen Hoang Nam, owner of a chain of coffee shops in Hoan Kiem district, said that the ban also causes negative sentiment about fairness in business, when restaurants located on the same street but on the opposite sides of the road, which belong to two different wards, have to operate under different rules.

He said: “The fact that restaurants have had to close and open continuously for several months has affected business owners as well as staff. Depression and fatigue are always there, which makes the opportunity to recover even more difficult.”

In the spirit of Resolution 128, the level of pandemic and the corresponding measures are very clear. Experts said that Hanoi needs to change its anti-epidemic mindset to reduce the burden on businesses and people.

“Measures to ensure the legal business rights of enterprises and business households will benefit them as well as the economy more than any economic stimulus package that is being discussed and implemented in the near future,” expert Le Duy Binh said.

Thanh Trung

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/district-level-anti-covid19-measures-applied-unevenly-among-wards-812222.html

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Belgian parliamentarian André Flahaut presents gifts to AO victims in Vietnam

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Belgian parliamentarian André Flahaut on November 30 handed over to the Vietnamese Embassy in Brussels four wheelchairs and four walkers as gifts to Agent Orange/dioxin (AO) victims in the central province of Quang Tri.

Belgian parliamentarian Andre Flahaut presents gifts to AO victims in Vietnam hinh anh 1Belgian parliamentarian André Flahaut (middle), Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao (R) and Tran To Nga, an oversea Vietnamese in France and an AO victim at the ceremony to hand over the gifts (Photo: VNA)

Brussels – Belgian parliamentarian André
Flahaut on November 30 handed over to the Vietnamese Embassy in Brussels four
wheelchairs and four walkers as gifts to Agent Orange/dioxin (AO) victims in
the central province of Quang Tri.

Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao thanked Flahaut for the warm
sentiments that he and the group of Belgian parliamentarians sponsoring a resolution on support for Vietnamese AO victims approved by the Belgian parliament in October, have shown towards
Vietnamese AO victims.

The diplomat highly appreciated the efforts and
contributions that Flahaut has made, together with other parliamentarians,
organisations and individuals in Belgium as well as international friends, to
assist AO victims in Vietnam.

For his part, Flahaut affirmed that he will exert
every effort to bring good things to AO victims in Vietnam with the hope that they
will have a better life.

The Belgian lawmaker showed his delight at the growing ties
between Belgium and Vietnam over the years with many high-ranking visits, most
recently the Belgium visit by Vietnamese National Assembly Vice Chairman Tran
Thanh Man.

Flahaut used to be President of the Belgian Chamber
of Representatives. In December 2021, he submitted to the Belgian parliament a
resolution on supporting AO victims in Vietnam, which was approved by the Belgian
Chamber of Representatives on October 5 with 100% approval votes. The Belgian parliament is the first parliament in the world to adopt a resolution supporting AO victims./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/belgian-parliamentarian-andre-flahaut-presents-gifts-to-ao-victims-in-vietnam/272144.vnp

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In Vietnam, restaurant returns mistakenly transferred money

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A restaurant in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam has found a customer who mistakenly transferred VND270 million (US$11,140) for a VND270,000 ($11.1) meal to return the spare amount, the restaurateur said on Thursday.

Hoang Hiep, the owner of Lan Ngan Restaurant in Thanh Hoa City under the namesake province, had earlier asked for netizens’ and media agencies’ help to find the customer who made the error.

On Thursday afternoon, the customer, named H.T.T.T., 40, residing in Nghi Son Town, Thanh Hoa Province, contacted the restaurant after reading its notification on social media and in newspapers.

T. had returned to Vietnam after working in Taiwan and had lunch at Lan Ngan Restaurant on Friday last week.

When making the payment, she was not aware that she had transferred VND270 million to the restaurant’s account.

Her personal information and the money transfer time coincided with those of the customer transferring the money to the restaurant.

The restaurant also checked its CCTV footage to confirm that T. was the customer that it was seeking.

The restaurateur asked her to come to a local police station to receive the money on Friday morning.

Hiep said that many imposters had contacted his restaurant attempting to take the money.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20231201/in-vietnam-restaurant-returns-mistakenly-transferred-money/77037.html

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Vietnam, France share experience in modernising public services

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Representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Home Affairs and the French Ministry of Public Transformation and Service exchanged experience in modernising public services, reforming administrative procedures, and raising digital transformation capacity, at a symposium in Hanoi on November 30.

Vietnam, France share experience in modernising public services hinh anh 1A view of the symposium. (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi –
Representatives from the
Vietnamese Ministry of Home Affairs and the French Ministry of Public
Transformation and Service exchanged experience in modernising public services,
reforming administrative procedures, and raising digital transformation capacity, at a symposium in Hanoi on November 30.

The event formed part of the cooperation activities
between the two ministries to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-France
diplomatic relations and the 10 years of the bilateral strategic partnership.

In her opening remarks, Minister of Home Affairs Pham
Thi Thanh Tra stressed that Vietnam always advocates accelerating administrative
reform and the modernisation of public services, considering this a
breakthrough for national development.

Administrative reform must serve the interests of
people and businesses, placing their legal and legitimate rights and interests at
the centre, and promoting innovation, for rapid, sustainable national
development, the official stressed.

Tra expressed her belief that the symposium will
contribute to tightening the friendship and cooperation between the two
countries, saying the two ministries will carry forward their cooperation
outcomes and enhance experience sharing in the time ahead.

French Minister of Public Transformation and Service
Stanislas Guérini pointed to challenges regarding demography, digital transformation
and ecology, noting that both France and Vietnam face demography-related issues
given their declining birth rates and aging populations, which requires the
sector to take suitable changes.

For digital transformation, the minister said that it
has brought about great opportunities to French administrative agencies in
particular and others around the world.

Participating experts, scientists, and managers
from Vietnam and France evaluated achievements, as well as challenges in public
service modernisation, administrative reform, and digital transformation
capacity improvement in both nations.

They shared experiences, new models and policy
orientations to work towards building a professional, modern, streamlined,
effective, and efficient administrative sector./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-france-share-experience-in-modernising-public-services/272141.vnp

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