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New South Korean airline to start operating flights to Vietnam

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South Korean carrier Air Premia has planned to make a foray into the Vietnamese market by operating four weekly flights connecting Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City.

Yunhak Jung, Air Premia’s director of international sales, said that the airline is targeting its first passenger flight along the Seoul – Ho Chi Minh City route in early October.

The frequency will be four flights per week, Yunhak added.

The South Korean airline is also expected to open its Seoul – Hanoi route within 2022 or in early 2023 at the latest.

Air Premia appointed Flyone as the general agent to sell its products, provide booking services, and take care of its customers in Vietnam.

Ticket sales for flights between Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City will launch on August 25.

Air Premia is a Korean airline headquartered in Seoul, operating on a hybrid model and using the B787 aircraft series.

Another foreign airline, Myanmar Airways International (MAI), recently announced that it would start operating direct flights between Yangon and Hanoi from September 16 with the frequency of two flights per week.

From September 22, MAI will open the Yangon – Ho Chi Minh City route, offering one round-trip flight every Thursday.

All flights will use the Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20220821/new-south-korean-airline-to-start-operating-flights-to-vietnam/68682.html

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Owners of condotels, officetels get title deeds

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Buyers of condotels, officetels and resort villas can have ownership certificates from May 20 under a new decree guiding the implementation of the Land Law.

On April 3, 2023, the Government issued Decree No.10 on amending and supplementing several decrees guiding the implementation of the Land Law from May 20.

The ownership term of the condotel depends on the purpose of land use following current regulations but not exceeding 50 years of the ownership term for land allocated or leased by the State for commercial or service use.

Buyers may only own land and apartments during the remaining land use period, not for long-term use as residential land.

According to experts, the Government’s decree will remove legal bottlenecks for investors and buyers of condotels, officetels and resort villas.

Experts said that if legal problems in the condotel, officetels and resort villa market are resolved, it can restore nearly 239 frozen projects nationwide, with a total value of about 30 billion USD./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/owners-of-condotels-officetels-get-title-deeds/253607.vnp

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Vietnam invests over 316 million USD abroad in five months

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Vietnam invested nearly 316.4 million USD abroad in the first five months of this year, equivalent to 93.5% of the figure recorded in the same period last year, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Vietnam invests over 316 million USD abroad in five months hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi – Vietnam invested nearly 316.4 million USD abroad in the first five months of this year, equivalent to 93.5% of the figure recorded in the same period last year, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.


Of the total, 142.7 million USD was poured into 47 new projects, or 48.6% of the figure in the same period in 2022 while 173.7 million was added to 16 underway ones, a year-on-year increase of 3.9 times.

Vietnamese investors abroad invested in 13 sectors, especially retail and wholesale, information and communications, finance, banking, agro-forestry-fisheries.

In the January-May period, Vietnamese investments landed in 20 countries and territories, led by Canada with one new and one expanded project worth over 150.2 million USD. It was followed by Singapore, Laos, and Cuba.

The agency said that as of May 20, Vietnam had operated 1,648 valid projects abroad with combined investment of nearly 22.1 billion USD, including 141 by State-owned enterprises worth 11.67 billion USD, accounting for 52.8% of the country’s total.

Vietnamese investment abroad is mostly in mining (31.5%) and agro-forestry-fisheries (15.6%).

Leading destinations for Vietnamese investors are Laos (24.4%), Cambodia (13.3%), and Venezuela (8.3%)./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-invests-over-316-million-usd-abroad-in-five-months/253762.vnp

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

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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
said.

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
countries.

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./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/electricity-imports-from-laos-china-account-for-just-a-small-part-ministry/253748.vnp

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