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Mekong Delta gets support to deal with environmental challenges



Erosion along Ô Môn River in Ô Môn District of Cần Thơ City in March due to climate change. It  dragged four houses and a part of another into the water. — VNA/ Photo Thanh Liêm

CẦN THƠ — Leaders of the Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ on Wednesday held a working session with a delegation from Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM) under Fulbright University Vietnam on the implementation of the Natural Capital Management project in the Mekong Delta region.

Dr. Vũ Thành Tự Anh, director of the project, said that the scheme is jointly funded by Dragon Capital and Galaxy Studio, covering the whole Mekong Delta region with Cần Thơ being the central location.

It aims to identify the most serious environmental challenges facing the region, analysing and developing solutions based on solid scientific evidence, while organising dialogue with policy-makers, scientists, businesses, people and other stakeholders.

Five priorities of the project include agricultural transition, energy, risk management, ecological preservation, and regional connectivity in the Mekong Delta region.

Fulbright University Vietnam will promote regional policy research activities related to the environment, increase the teaching of public policy, and help to foster links among localities, he added.

Addressing the working session, Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee Dương Tấn Hiển briefed the delegation on a number of projects that the city has conducted in the field of environment, natural resources and climate change.

Hiển said that transport infrastructure remains the greatest bottleneck of the Mekong Delta region. Cần Thơ International Airport has operated with just 30 per cent of its capacity, while regional waterway system has allowed the travel of under 5,000-tonne vessels, he noted.

He said that regional localities are working to broaden Định An-Cần Thơ Canal to handle 30,000-tonne ships, while developing more industrial parks, economic facilities and tourism destinations to draw more investors and visitors.

Hiển also pointed to the weakness of the Mekong Delta in regional connectivity, especially in production, which needs the support from central agencies.

The official pledged that Cần Thơ will provide optimal conditions for Fulbright University Vietnam to effectively implement the project, which is expected to help improve public awareness of climate change and environment in the region, supporting the management and design of policies, strategies and solutions to adapt to climate change, thus speeding up post-pandemic socio-economic recovery and development in Cần Thơ and the Mekong Delta region. —



Vietnamese spends $1.1 billion on food delivery apps

In Vietnam, overall spending on food delivery services reached $1.1 billion in 2022. As of now, the most popular services are Grab and ShopeeFood.



According to Momentum Works, Southeast Asian nations’ total expenditure (GMV) on food delivery services in 2022 reached $16.3 billion, up 5% following two years of a delivery boom due to Covid-19.

For the first time in three years, growth in the area was mostly driven by small-scale markets such as the Philippines (up $0.8 billion), Malaysia (up $0.6 billion), and Vietnam (up $0.3 billion).

As Covid-19 became an endemic illness and economies reopened, GMV in bigger markets such as Singapore (down $0.4 billion), Thailand (down $0.4 billion), and Indonesia (down $0.1 billion) dropped.

Grab and ShopeeFood are the two most popular applications in Vietnam, with 45% and 41% of the GMV market share, respectively. The remainder is split between Baemin (12%) and Gojek (2%).

As of the end of 2022 in Southeast Asia, Grab’s GMV is estimated to reach $8.8 billion, accounting for 54% of overall GMV in the area and rising by 16% year on year.

Foodpanda is estimated to contribute $3.1 billion, accounting for 19% of the region’s GMV and reflecting a 9% decrease; Gojek and ShopeeFood still maintain the same GMV level in 2021, reaching $2 billion and $0.9 billion respectively.

Source: ZingNews


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Apple to begin producing MacBooks in Vietnam by the mid-2023: Nikkei Asia

The American tech giant Apple plans to shift some MacBook manufacturers to Vietnam for the first time in 2023 as tensions between Washington and Beijing over technology continue to rise.



According to Nikkei Asia, Apple has contracted with Taiwan’s Foxconn to begin producing MacBooks in the country of Southeast Asia in May 2022.

For all of its key product lines, Apple has been seeking to build production facilities outside of China. Still, the final one, the MacBook, it has taken longer due to the intricate supply chain required for producing laptop computers.

Almost two years ago, the company has planned to move some MacBook manufacturers to Vietnam, where a trial production line has already been set up. 

Apple produces between 20 and 24 million MacBooks annually, with factories situated in the Chinese cities of Chengdu, the Sichuan area, and Shanghai.

For China, the loss of control over MacBook manufacturing represents a general deterioration in its role as the world’s factory. 

Since former U.S. President Donald Trump began a trade war against China, major electronics manufacturers like Apple, HP, Dell, Google, and Meta have all announced at least some preparations to relocate production and sourcing away from the nation.

The majority of data center servers manufactured for companies with U.S. customers, including Google, Meta, Amazon, and Microsoft, are now produced in Taiwan, Mexico, or Thailand.

Apple has regarded China as its most significant assembly base for many years, but in 2022, that successful formula ended. 

Due to a lengthy COVID lockout in the spring, important MacBook and iPhone production facilities in Shanghai experienced significant interruptions. 

Apple issued a warning in November on delays in the premium iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max’s Christmas deliveries, citing labor shortages caused by the epidemic at its most significant production facility in Zhengzhou, Henan province.

AirPods, which began commercial manufacturing in Vietnam in 2020, served as the catalyst for Apple’s expansion into that country. Nikkei Asia was the first to reveal that the business moved some of the production of Apple Watches and iPads there this year. 

Source: Nikkei Asia


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Saigon hi-tech park earns $23 billion from exports

The Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), home to 162 projects worth over $12 billion, obtained $23 billion from exports in 2022.



The export turnover was more than $10 billion and $20.9 billion in 2017 and 2021, respectively.

According to Le Thi Bich Loan, deputy head of the SHTP management board, the park has become a trustworthy destination for global high-tech powerhouses with the presence of over 10 international conglomerates in the field, including Intel, Jabil, Rockwell Automation, Nidec, Nipro, Samsung, and Sonion.

Established in 2002, the park has seen its accumulated production value reaching $120 billion so far. It now houses 51 foreign-invested projects worth $10.1 billion.

By 2025, the SHTP aims to become a smart technology park and the core of the interactive and innovative urban area in Ho Chi Minh’s eastern part, contributing to the city’s socio-economic development. In addition, it plans to attract investment of around $3 billion in 50 hi-tech projects and establish at least one global hi-tech enterprise.

To achieve these goals, the park is going to accelerate investment projects for its scientific space with a total surface area of 93ha.

It will increase the link between its enterprises and universities and research institutes in the region, especially the Vietnam National University-HCM City (VNU-HCM), in order to increase the proportion of hi-tech products by domestic companies.

Source: VietnamPlus


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