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Food processing sector takes tech route to recovery

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Vĩnh Hoàn Joint Stock Company generated turnover of VNĐ1.79 trillion (US$77.73 million) in the first quarter of the year, a 9.3 per cent year-on-year increase.— Photo baodautu.vn

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Food processing accounts for the highest ratio, 19.1 per cent, of the processing and manufacturing industry.

Đầu Tư & Chứng Khoán magazine said the segment grew at 7 per cent annually between 2016 and 2020, despite dipping sharply in 2020 to 4.5 per cent due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

But in the first half of this year, it has seen a revival, with some individual companies doing exceptionally well.

Vĩnh Hoàn Joint Stock Company generated turnover of VNĐ1.79 trillion (US$77.73 million) in the first quarter of the year, a 9.3 per cent year-on-year increase.

VHC general director Ngô Vi Tâm said the company could achieve high growth thanks to the stability of its export markets and business little impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sao Ta Foods Joint Stock Company reported a 29 per cent year-on-year rise in turnover in the first half of the year to VNĐ2.26 billion ($98.6 million).

Nafoods Group targets turnover of VNĐ1.5 trillion and after-tax profit of VNĐ76 billion for the year, increases of 23.3 per cent and 25 per cent.

A recent survey by the General Statistics Office found that most businesses in the food processing industry expected to achieve good results in the third quarter.

More than 39 per cent said their performance would be better than in the second quarter while 38.6 per cent said their business would be more stable this quarter.

Only 22.2 per cent said they expect their difficulties to worsen.

Why have food processors been able to achieve such a recovery?

Many industry insiders said since the processing and manufacturing industry is a major contributor to the country’s economic growth, it receives priority from the Government, which seeks to improve exports of agricultural and processed food products.

Dương Mạnh Hùng, director of the GSO’s national accounts department, said many projects had been developed with considerable investments in the sector.

Analysts said with Việt Nam rapidly integrating through free trade agreements such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, conditions had become favourable for segments like food processing to expand their exports.

Besides, according to FiinGroup, a market leader in providing financial data, business information, industry research, credit rating reports, and other data-driven analytics services in Việt Nam, the global demand for processed foods is set to grow further.

Experts have also pointed out that the challenges posed by the pandemic have forced food processors to accelerate restructuring and embrace Industry 4.0, which has enabled growth despite the pandemic.

These have made the sector more attractive to foreign investors.

In the first five months of this year, FDI in food processing accounted for 43 per cent of the total investment, or $6.1 billion.

Experts from the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project said to be able to further penetrate the EU market Vietnamese food processors should routinely adopt modern processing technologies besides ensuring food safety and meeting European standards as they do now.

Surprising but true: Drug companies take hit from COVID

People could be excused for thinking that the pharmaceutical sector is among those benefiting most from the COVID-19 outbreak since a lot of drugs are being bought.

But in reality it is not.

There are two general categories of medicines: prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. The former is the money spinner for the industry, but has been heavily affected by the pandemic.

They are only available with a valid prescription from a doctor, are heavily regulated and their use has to be monitored by a doctor to ensure both efficacy and safety.

OTC drugs, as the name suggests, can be bought without a prescription.

Experts said the prescription drugs market saw growth halve to just 5 per cent last year because of the pandemic.

Phú Hưng Securities Company said one of the reasons for the slump is that many people are afraid of going to hospitals and doctors due to fear of contracting COVID there.

Another reason is most hospitals have applied visitor restriction rules to reduce viral transmission, protect patients and staff, which has also limited the number of patients visiting to check and buy drugs.

Data from the SSI Securities Corporation somewhat confirms what the experts said. It shows that growth in the prescription drugs segment declined between 10 and 15 per cent in the period from the first quarter of 2020 to the third quarter of the year.

The situation has worsened for the industry following the resurgence of COVID with a fourth wave severely affecting many parts of the country and the number of cases increasing daily. 

Many medical firms have made a switch to the OTC segment to make up for their losses in the prescription drugs market.

This is also because the OTC market has seen excellent growth in recent quarters, especially with products like analgesics, antipyretics, disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, and drugs that boost the immune system being in particularly high demand.

A survey by Vietnam Report found that 71.4 per cent of drug firms polled have plans to expand in the OTC segment, and consider it a key measure to sustain growth in the coming period.

Companies with strength in the OTC segment reported good results in the first quarter of this year.

Traphaco JSC (TRA), for instance, posted a 40 per cent year-on-year increase in net profits to over VNĐ55.2 billion during the quarter. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/business-beat/1006808/food-processing-sector-takes-tech-route-to-recovery.html

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Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery exports hit record high

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Vietnam raked in US$49 billion in export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products between January and November of this year, exceeding the previous record of $48.6 billion set in 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry on Wednesday shared that Vietnam exported over $4.27 billion worth of agro-forestry-fishery products in November alone, down nearly five percent year on year.

During the same period, the country’s seafood export turnover hit $10.14 billion for the first time ever.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on December 10.

From January to November, there were eight commodities with export turnovers that surpassed $2 billion, including coffee ($3.5 billion, up 31.5 percent), rubber ($2.9 billion, up 3.2 percent), rice ($3.2 billion, up 6.9 percent), tra fish ($2.2 billion, up 61 percent), shrimp ($4.1 billion, up 14.6 percent), and wood and wooden products ($14.6 billion, up 9 percent).

Asian countries remained the largest importers of Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery products with nearly 45 percent of the market share, followed by America with 27 percent, and Europe with 11 percent.

As for importing countries, the U.S. took the lead with $12.3 billion.

China came in second with some $9.3 billion, followed by Japan with $3.9 billion, and South Korea with $2.3 billion. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, China’s unwillingness to end its zero-COVID policy will create a challenging future for Vietnamese farm produce for the foreseeable future. 

Moreover, due to the depreciation of China’s renminbi and Thailand’s baht over the Vietnam dong and U.S. dollar, China will likely increase imports from Thailand and reduce imports from Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s exports of wood pellets to the European Union (EU) remain low due to Europe’s strict origin traceability requirements.

The EU’s requirements for wood pellet imports are more stringent than those of Japan and South Korea, which is a significant challenge that will require Vietnamese exporters to improve their equipment and technology.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue popularizing a protocol on the official export of Vietnamese durians to China, requirements for passion fruit exports to China, and requirements for pomelo exports to the U.S.

The ministry will also accelerate negotiations over a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for dragon fruit, longan, litchi, rambutan, and mango exports to China. 

It will also work with the General Administration of Customs of China to launch weekly online inspections into banana and durian batches shipped from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In addition, it will seek ways to remove technical and trade hindrances and pave the way for the export of Vietnamese products to other large and potential markets, such as Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia, and New Zealand via official channels.

Specialized agencies will work with Japanese phytosanitary inspectors who come to Vietnam to check local dragon fruit, mango, and longan processing units in order to boost the export of these products.

The government assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development an agro-forestry-fishery export revenue target of $50 billion this year.

If the export growth momentum is maintained in the last month of the year, the country’s agro-forestry-fishery exports this year will likely reach $53 billion.

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Vietnam raked in US$49 billion in export revenue from agro-forestry-fishery products between January and November of this year, exceeding the previous record of $48.6 billion set in 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry on Wednesday shared that Vietnam exported over $4.27 billion worth of agro-forestry-fishery products in November alone, down nearly five percent year on year.

During the same period, the country’s seafood export turnover hit $10.14 billion for the first time ever.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) will hold a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on December 10.

From January to November, there were eight commodities with export turnovers that surpassed $2 billion, including coffee ($3.5 billion, up 31.5 percent), rubber ($2.9 billion, up 3.2 percent), rice ($3.2 billion, up 6.9 percent), tra fish ($2.2 billion, up 61 percent), shrimp ($4.1 billion, up 14.6 percent), and wood and wooden products ($14.6 billion, up 9 percent).

Asian countries remained the largest importers of Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery products with nearly 45 percent of the market share, followed by America with 27 percent, and Europe with 11 percent.

As for importing countries, the U.S. took the lead with $12.3 billion.

China came in second with some $9.3 billion, followed by Japan with $3.9 billion, and South Korea with $2.3 billion. 

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, China’s unwillingness to end its zero-COVID policy will create a challenging future for Vietnamese farm produce for the foreseeable future. 

Moreover, due to the depreciation of China’s renminbi and Thailand’s baht over the Vietnam dong and U.S. dollar, China will likely increase imports from Thailand and reduce imports from Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s exports of wood pellets to the European Union (EU) remain low due to Europe’s strict origin traceability requirements.

The EU’s requirements for wood pellet imports are more stringent than those of Japan and South Korea, which is a significant challenge that will require Vietnamese exporters to improve their equipment and technology.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will continue popularizing a protocol on the official export of Vietnamese durians to China, requirements for passion fruit exports to China, and requirements for pomelo exports to the U.S.

The ministry will also accelerate negotiations over a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for dragon fruit, longan, litchi, rambutan, and mango exports to China. 

It will also work with the General Administration of Customs of China to launch weekly online inspections into banana and durian batches shipped from Vietnam to its northern neighbor.

In addition, it will seek ways to remove technical and trade hindrances and pave the way for the export of Vietnamese products to other large and potential markets, such as Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Australia, and New Zealand via official channels.

Specialized agencies will work with Japanese phytosanitary inspectors who come to Vietnam to check local dragon fruit, mango, and longan processing units in order to boost the export of these products.

The government assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development an agro-forestry-fishery export revenue target of $50 billion this year.

If the export growth momentum is maintained in the last month of the year, the country’s agro-forestry-fishery exports this year will likely reach $53 billion.

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US supports Vietnam’s clean energy adoption

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The U.S. government has unveiled a US$36-million Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) fund to be disbursed over five years to speed up Vietnam’s transition to clean energy.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is meant to help Vietnam develop a clean, secure and market-based energy sector by increasing the deployment of advanced energy systems, improving energy sector performance, and increasing competition in the energy sector, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The consulate general organized a seminar on Thursday to discuss the role of hydrogen fuel technology in green energy transition, as part of the project.

Many researchers evaluated Vietnam as a country with great potential for the development of hydrogen fuel, one of the cleanest alternative sources of raw materials produced from wind and solar energy as it is zero-carbon.

Clean hydrogen can be mixed with traditional fuels such as gas to reduce emissions and to be used in many industries such as steel, chemicals, fertilizers, and transportation. 

Hydrogen is also a great form of chemical energy storage, providing clean backup.

Speaking at the event, Susan Burns, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that Vietnam has the advantage of geographical location to thrive in clean hydrogen production. 

The diplomat once again emphasized the U.S.’ enthusiasm in supporting Vietnam shifting toward green energy, in line with the global trend.

Among different forms of recycled energy, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is forecasted to reach 160GW in the long term and is one of the most abundant sources of supply in Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Danish Energy Agency.

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The U.S. government has unveiled a US$36-million Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) fund to be disbursed over five years to speed up Vietnam’s transition to clean energy.

The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is meant to help Vietnam develop a clean, secure and market-based energy sector by increasing the deployment of advanced energy systems, improving energy sector performance, and increasing competition in the energy sector, according to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The consulate general organized a seminar on Thursday to discuss the role of hydrogen fuel technology in green energy transition, as part of the project.

Many researchers evaluated Vietnam as a country with great potential for the development of hydrogen fuel, one of the cleanest alternative sources of raw materials produced from wind and solar energy as it is zero-carbon.

Clean hydrogen can be mixed with traditional fuels such as gas to reduce emissions and to be used in many industries such as steel, chemicals, fertilizers, and transportation. 

Hydrogen is also a great form of chemical energy storage, providing clean backup.

Speaking at the event, Susan Burns, the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that Vietnam has the advantage of geographical location to thrive in clean hydrogen production. 

The diplomat once again emphasized the U.S.’ enthusiasm in supporting Vietnam shifting toward green energy, in line with the global trend.

Among different forms of recycled energy, Vietnam’s offshore wind power potential is forecasted to reach 160GW in the long term and is one of the most abundant sources of supply in Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Danish Energy Agency.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20221203/us-supports-vietnams-clean-energy-adoption/70315.html

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Masterise Homes launches The Global City Sales showroom — Vietnam’s largest lifestyle hub

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Masterise Homes officially announced the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery at the end of last month, marking the presence of Vietnam’s largest sales gallery and lifestyle hub with a scale of 10,000 m2.

Visualizing the future of The Global City, the Sales Gallery is a convergence of unparalleled design and cutting-edge technology produced by global award-winning architectural design studio Foster + Partners.

Located in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City , The Global City Sales Gallery overlooks and is adjacent to a canal and Southeast Asia’s largest Fountain Festival.

The exterior architecture bears the image of majestic wings with the aspiration to reach new heights and the commitment to sustainable development.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam's first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of functional rooms — such as meeting rooms, presentation rooms, and exhibition areas — meticulously incorporating natural landscapes into modern architecture with advanced technology.

The Global City Sales Gallery comprises impressive cutting-edge technology, including a 360-degree LED screen in the main hall and two 180-degree LED screens in the presentation room, as well as a wall-mounted LED screen system in the exhibition and event areas.

The Global City Sales Gallery is designed to exceed all expectations of a regular sales gallery in Vietnam.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

Far more than simply a ‘gallery,’ the building serves to welcome Masterise customers to the largest lifestyle hub in Vietnam.

With its perfect location to experience the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, it is no exaggeration to say that The Global City Sales Gallery is poised to become a top choice for corporate networking events and art exhibitions.

Once completed, the sales gallery will comprise an exclusive commercial area with leading brands, creating the perfect entertainment venue to unwind and relax with family and friends.

“Following the successful launch of the Fountain Festival last September, the grand opening today is a testament to our commitment to developing a new downtown at The Global City,” said Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

“We take great pride in maintaining construction progress ahead of schedule as we expect the 2km-long canal will commence operating soon, followed by other world-class facilities. The Global City Sales Gallery will become a leading destination for customers and investors and simultaneously boost the attraction and affirm the escalating value of the entire township.”

The Global City Sales Gallery signifies the vision and world-class capability of Masterise Homes to create exquisite real estate developments with impeccable standards.

Masterise Homes’ enthusiasm for building infrastructure in The Global City Sales Gallery demonstrates the commitment to delivering ultimate experiences for customers.

A new center of Ho Chi Minh City is taking shape at The Global City, awaiting future large-scale festivals and entertainment activities.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

From November 29 to December 18, Masterise Homes has commemorated the milestone by organizing ‘The Grand Opening Week of The Global City Sales Gallery – Vietnam’s largest lifestyle hub with exclusive experiential events and attractive gifts for customers.

Masterise Homes also signed commercial cooperation agreements with leading F&B brands, such as Pizza 4P’s, Pasteur Street Brewing, and several brands under Mylife Company, including Yen Sushi & Sake Pub, Yen Sushi Premium, Shamoji, Omakase, Mylife Coffee, and many others.

The presence of Vietnam’s beloved F&B brands at The Global City will guarantee exquisite service facilities and elevate the ability to attract investment and value for SOHO townhouses – the first subdivision on the open market at The Global City.

About The Global City

The Global City, Vietnam’s first international standard township, is curated by award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners.

Owning ‘the crown jewel’ of Ho Chi Minh City in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, the 117.4-hectare palatial master plan aims to become the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, with various products and world-class facilities.

The first public facility is phase 1 of the canal and Fountain Festival, which was put into operation in September 2022.

The launch generated a considerable buzz and attracted thousands of attendees from Chi Minh City.

About Masterise Homes

Masterise Homes, a member of Masterise Group, is a pioneer in bringing world-class excellence to the development, operations, and management of luxury real estate products and services in the Vietnamese market and beyond.

With a one-of-a-kind portfolio comprising the largest branded residences in Southeast Asia, Masterise Homes demonstrates world-class capabilities via a strategic partnership with Marriott International, the largest hotel brand in the world with iconic brands of Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, and ELIE SAAB to elevate Vietnam’ s position on the global property map.

Masterise Homes officially announced the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery at the end of last month, marking the presence of Vietnam’s largest sales gallery and lifestyle hub with a scale of 10,000 m2.

Visualizing the future of The Global City, the Sales Gallery is a convergence of unparalleled design and cutting-edge technology produced by global award-winning architectural design studio Foster + Partners.

Located in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City , The Global City Sales Gallery overlooks and is adjacent to a canal and Southeast Asia’s largest Fountain Festival.

The exterior architecture bears the image of majestic wings with the aspiration to reach new heights and the commitment to sustainable development.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam's first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The sales gallery is also Vietnam’s first building with the largest surrounding water-covered surface landscape.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of functional rooms — such as meeting rooms, presentation rooms, and exhibition areas — meticulously incorporating natural landscapes into modern architecture with advanced technology.

The Global City Sales Gallery comprises impressive cutting-edge technology, including a 360-degree LED screen in the main hall and two 180-degree LED screens in the presentation room, as well as a wall-mounted LED screen system in the exhibition and event areas.

The Global City Sales Gallery is designed to exceed all expectations of a regular sales gallery in Vietnam.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

The spacious interior design encompasses exceptionally high ceilings, open-concept common areas, and a wide range of function rooms.

Far more than simply a ‘gallery,’ the building serves to welcome Masterise customers to the largest lifestyle hub in Vietnam.

With its perfect location to experience the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, it is no exaggeration to say that The Global City Sales Gallery is poised to become a top choice for corporate networking events and art exhibitions.

Once completed, the sales gallery will comprise an exclusive commercial area with leading brands, creating the perfect entertainment venue to unwind and relax with family and friends.

“Following the successful launch of the Fountain Festival last September, the grand opening today is a testament to our commitment to developing a new downtown at The Global City,” said Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Gibran Bukhari, Head of Sales Masterise Homes, speaks at the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

“We take great pride in maintaining construction progress ahead of schedule as we expect the 2km-long canal will commence operating soon, followed by other world-class facilities. The Global City Sales Gallery will become a leading destination for customers and investors and simultaneously boost the attraction and affirm the escalating value of the entire township.”

The Global City Sales Gallery signifies the vision and world-class capability of Masterise Homes to create exquisite real estate developments with impeccable standards.

Masterise Homes’ enthusiasm for building infrastructure in The Global City Sales Gallery demonstrates the commitment to delivering ultimate experiences for customers.

A new center of Ho Chi Minh City is taking shape at The Global City, awaiting future large-scale festivals and entertainment activities.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

Masterise Homes officially announces the grand opening of The Global City Sales Gallery.

From November 29 to December 18, Masterise Homes has commemorated the milestone by organizing ‘The Grand Opening Week of The Global City Sales Gallery – Vietnam’s largest lifestyle hub with exclusive experiential events and attractive gifts for customers.

Masterise Homes also signed commercial cooperation agreements with leading F&B brands, such as Pizza 4P’s, Pasteur Street Brewing, and several brands under Mylife Company, including Yen Sushi & Sake Pub, Yen Sushi Premium, Shamoji, Omakase, Mylife Coffee, and many others.

The presence of Vietnam’s beloved F&B brands at The Global City will guarantee exquisite service facilities and elevate the ability to attract investment and value for SOHO townhouses – the first subdivision on the open market at The Global City.

About The Global City

The Global City, Vietnam’s first international standard township, is curated by award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners.

Owning ‘the crown jewel’ of Ho Chi Minh City in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, the 117.4-hectare palatial master plan aims to become the new center of Ho Chi Minh City, with various products and world-class facilities.

The first public facility is phase 1 of the canal and Fountain Festival, which was put into operation in September 2022.

The launch generated a considerable buzz and attracted thousands of attendees from Chi Minh City.

About Masterise Homes

Masterise Homes, a member of Masterise Group, is a pioneer in bringing world-class excellence to the development, operations, and management of luxury real estate products and services in the Vietnamese market and beyond.

With a one-of-a-kind portfolio comprising the largest branded residences in Southeast Asia, Masterise Homes demonstrates world-class capabilities via a strategic partnership with Marriott International, the largest hotel brand in the world with iconic brands of Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, and ELIE SAAB to elevate Vietnam’ s position on the global property map.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20221202/masterise-homes-launches-the-global-city-sales-showroom-vietnams-largest-lifestyle-hub/70311.html

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