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Electricity imports from Laos, China account for just a small part: ministry



Electricity imports from Laos and China accounted for just a modest part of the total electricity demand of Vietnam, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An.

Electricity imports from Laos, China account for just a small part: ministry hinh anh 1Workers of Vietnam Electricity check the transmission system. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi –
Electricity imports from Laos and China
accounted for just a modest part of the total electricity demand of Vietnam,
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An.

An made the statement in response to National Assembly deputies’ question
about why Vietnam had not connected domestic renewable energy projects with a
total capacity of 4,600 MW to the national power grid but increased imports
from Laos and China.

NA deputy Ta Thi Yen said at a meeting late last week that while the
negotiations of pricing to connect renewable energy projects to the national
power grid faced roadblocks, Vietnam was forced to increase the import from
Laos and China to make up for the shortage. This was a huge waste when hundreds
of solar and wind power energy projects could not generate power for
consumption while the economy was facing a severe shortage of electricity, she

In response, An said that Vietnam imported electricity not because of the
shortage. The country has been buying from China since 2005 via transmission
lines in Lao Cai and Ha Giang provinces and from Laos, mostly hydroelectricity,
following an intergovernmental cooperation agreement in 2019.

The electricity import from Laos was around 7 million kWh per day and 4 million
kWh from China, very modest compared to the daily consumption demand, estimated
at around 445-450 million kWh in the northern region.

An said that the purchase was under cooperation agreements with countries in
the Greater Mekong sub-region, which would enable the connection of the power
grid with other countries in the region. In addition, the electricity master
plan No 8 also set out the target of exporting renewable energy to neighbouring

Vietnam had 220 kV line linking with Laos and 110 kV with China. Under the
commitments with Laos, Vietnam would import at least 3,000 MW from this country
by 2025 and 5,000 by 2030.

An pointed out that the electricity import from Laos and China increased this
year because of a shortage of supply caused by extreme weather and drought in
the dry season.

The electricity import price was lower than some domestic sources, according to
the ministry.

For example, it was around 6.5 cent or 1,540 VND per kWh from
China and 6.9 cent from Laos. Statistics of Vietnam Electricity (EVN) showed
that the average electricity purchasing price was around 1,845-2,200 VND per
kWh in the first three months of this year, meaning that the prices from Laos
and China were lower than some domestic sources.

Bui Van Thinh, President of the Binh Dinh Wind Power Association, said that
power shortage was mainly in the northern region while renewable energy
projects were concentrated in the central and southern regions, creating
pressure on the North–South 500 kV transmission network.

Buying electricity from China and Laos is reasonable, he said.

Regarding the roadblocks to the connection of more than 4,600 MW of renewable
energy to the national power grid, An said that many projects had not met legal
procedures due to violations of regulations about planning, land and
construction investment.

He said that removing the roadblocks for renewable energy projects was being
hastened based on the harmonisation of all sides’ benefits.

EVN’s statistics showed that there were 52 wind and solar power projects with a
total capacity of 3,155 MW which had applied for negotiations. Of them, 42 with
a total capacity of nearly 2,259 MW completed pricing negotiations with EVN. About
33 projects with a total capacity of 1,581 MW had not applied for negotiations.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade approved temporary prices for
19 projects with a total capacity of 1,347 MW. As of May 26, five projects with
a total capacity of 303 MW were eligible for commercial operation, meaning that
the power system would have an additional supply source of more than 300 MW
from these plants in the next few days./.



Emerging trends expected to power Vietnam’s tourism boom: study



Several ongoing trends in the Vietnamese tourism sector have contributed to its strong recovery in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with the increasing travel demands of Gen Z and families with kids as significant contributors, according to the Visa Global Travel Intentions Study (GTI) 2023.

Vietnam, with its stunning landscapes and diverse cultural heritage sites, has become a popular destination for travelers from around the world.

According to the study, it is vital for both travelers and industry stakeholders to understand new trends in Vietnamese tourism following the pandemic.

In terms of leisure trips, families with kids and ‘Silvers’ – individuals older than 60 – made an average of 2.4 trips over the past 12 months, more than any other market segments, according to the GTI 2023.

Besides ticking visiting landmarks, Vietnamese tourists are now placing a strong emphasis on leisure-focused and experiential journeys.

Relaxation was the main driver of travel, followed by shopping and exploration.

As the country blossoms into a playground for adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts, tourists are opting for personalized experiences that enable them to immerse themselves in local customs, traditions, and cuisine.

Environmental awareness was also a primary catalyst for travel over the past year. As such, Vietnamese travelers demonstrated remarkable interest and action in sustainable travel.

Up to 73 percent of those surveyed said they were either interested or very interested in sustainable travel options, while half had actively looked for these options when planning trips.

With an increasing number of travelers seeking eco-conscious options, the tourism sector is witnessing a shift toward greener travel practices, more support for local communities, and the preservation of natural resources.

Given the country’s growing middle class and their increasing disposable income, Vietnamese travelers are embarking on more domestic and international trips and they seek unforgettable experiences and bonding opportunities.

About one-fifth of the respondents said visiting and connecting with friends or families would be a key motivation for travel in the next year.

Shopping has also become an integral part of the Vietnamese travel experience, with many Vietnamese travelers seeking out unique souvenirs and indulging in retail therapy as part of their journeys.

Sustainable tourism is increasingly preferable for Vietnamese travelers

Sustainable tourism is increasingly preferable for Vietnamese travelers.

Amid the strong development of digital technology, Vietnamese tourists prefer seamless transactions and optimal security measures.

The digital revolution is transforming payment methods, and Vietnamese travelers have embraced the convenience of credit, debit, and pre-paid cards.

Almost all Vietnamese respondents in the GTI 2023 indicated that they intended to use these cashless payment options during their journeys, streamlining transactions and enhancing their overall travel experiences.

Accordingly, 64 percent of the Vietnamese respondents said they brought their digital wallets along with them for their travels.

Thus, the incorporation of cashless payment solutions has become a pivotal pillar in travel, fostering convenience, security, and efficiency for travelers while contributing to the industry’s overall vitality.

“Vietnam’s tourism is entering a new era where the role of digital payments will advance side by side with the industry as customers demand more efficient and secure payment services,” said Dang Tuyet Dung, Visa country manager for Vietnam and Laos.

“Adapting swiftly, hotels, restaurants, and tour operators must cater to evolving traveler needs, supported by the growing use of cashless payment methods for added convenience.”

Amid the global recovery from COVID-19, Vietnam’s tourism sector is rebounding. Domestic tourism has been pivotal, with locals exploring their own country, bolstering local businesses and jobs.

Vietnam welcomed over 7.8 million foreign visitors between January and August this year, meeting 98 percent of its full-year target of eight million international tourist arrivals.

The tourism sector also served 86 million domestic tourist arrivals in the eight-month period, according to the General Statistics Office.

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Zhejiang Trade Exhibition opens in Hanoi



The 2023 Zhejiang International Trade Exhibition and the 11th Zhejiang Export Fair, the largest and oldest expo independently held by China’s Zhejiang authority in ASEAN, opened at the Hanoi International Convention Centre on September 28.

Zhejiang Trade Exhibition opens in Hanoi hinh anh 1At the opening ceremony of the exhibition (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The 2023 Zhejiang International Trade Exhibition
and the 11th Zhejiang Export Fair, the largest and oldest expo independently
held by China’s Zhejiang authority in ASEAN, opened at the Hanoi International
Convention Centre on September 28.

The 4,000sq.m expo features 120 booths, displaying
products in hardware and machinery, textiles and inputs, interior and exterior
furniture, electronics and household appliances.

The three-day event is hosted by the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang province, and co-organised by Zhejiang Yuanda International Exhibition Co Ltd and
the Vietnam National Trade Fair and Advertising Company (VINEXAD).

Deputy Director of the Asia-Africa Market Development under the Ministry of
Industry and Trade  (MoIT) To Ngoc Son
said this is the 11th year the two sides have coordinated to
organise the trade promotion activity which marks the full recovery of economic
and trade exchanges between the two nations after three years of hiatus due to COVID-19.

Zhejiang Trade Exhibition opens in Hanoi hinh anh 2Deputy Director of the Asia-Africa Market Development To Ngoc Son speaks at the opening ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

The event is expected to create more cooperation opportunities for businesses
from both nations in the context that the global economy is facing a gloomy outlook,
he said, adding Zhejiang province – an important gateway in China’s eastern
region has an important role to play in the Vietnam – China trade, with Vietnam
– Zhejiang trade revenue accounting for 10% of the total trade between
the two nations in 2022.

Launched in 2011, the expo has been a platform not only for product exhibition
and promotion but also for Vietnam and China to strengthen economic and cultural
exchanges and multifaceted cooperation between their localities.

Last year, Zhejiang’s exports
to Vietnam reached 14.5 billion USD, an increase of 17.99%, while imports were 6
billion USD, up 14.21% over the same period last year.

The exhibition will run until September 30./.


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Vietnam’s nine-month economic growth reported at 4.24% YoY

The country’s GDP grew by 4.24% in the first 9 months, exceeding the growth rate of 2.19% and 1.57% in 2020 and 2021, according to data from the General Statistics Office.



The results suggest that the economy is experiencing a notable upswing, potentially due to favorable economic politics or external factors.

The gross domestic product in the July-September quarter was estimated to increase by 5.33% from a year earlier, faster than the growth rate of 4.05% in the second quarter.

The recent growth registered in the country’s economy is a positive sign, indicating a continued recovery from the pandemic-induced downturn. Despite a slight decrease in growth compared to the same period last year, the economy remains stable and may continue to grow in the coming months.

In September, the consumer price index increased by 3.66% compared to the same period last year. The average value recorded in the third quarter of 2023 grew by 2.89% compared to the third quarter of 2022.

In the reviewed period, the total import and export turnover of goods reached $497.66 billion, down 11% over the same period last year. Of which export value hit $259.67 billion, down by 8.2%, while import value hit $237.99 billion, down 13.8%.

With regard to trade balance, the country posted a trade surplus of $2.29 billion in September and $21.68 billion during the nine months.

Industrial production in September increased by 5.1% year on year, up 0.1% from the previous month, while the January-September period showed an increase of 0.3% from the previous year.

In addition, the total retail sales and consumer service revenue in the first 9 months of 2023 is estimated to reach VND 4,567.8 trillion, an increase of 9.7% year on year (the same period in 2022 increased 20.9%). 


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