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USAID assists Da Nang in promoting urban energy security as part of $14mn project

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the administration in Da Nang launched on Wednesday a plan to promote urban energy security in the central Vietnamese city.

This is part of the USAID Vietnam Urban Energy Security, a four-year (2019-23) project worth US$14 million.

The project is aimed at supporting the deployment of advanced and distributed energy solutions, such as rooftop solar systems, electric vehicles, waste-to-energy technology, and other energy efficiency solutions, in urban areas in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

It addresses rapidly growing energy demand and air pollution in these urban areas by working with city governments and creating business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Thanks to the project, Da Nang is expected to deploy at least 40 megawatts of advanced distributed energy and mobilize at least $60 million in public and private investment for such energy systems.

At least five innovative solutions will also be demonstrated or commercialized to address urban energy and environment issues in the central hub.

During the ceremony on Wednesday, which was held virtually, Mission Director for USAID/Vietnam Ann Marie Yastishock stated that the agency is excited to work with Da Nang to promote clean energy, provide access to technical expertise, and become a global convening center to help Vietnam realize its goals in renewable energy.

Over the past five years, USAID has committed more than $40 million to supporting the energy sector in Vietnam and plans to supply an additional $36 million in the next five years.

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GDP to reach 3.5-4 per cent this year

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Việt Nam’s exports this year would increase by 10 per cent which is quite impressive in the current world context. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HÀ NỘI — The country’s GDP this year is expected to reach 3.5-4 per cent if the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled in September and a ‘new normal’ achieved from the fourth quarter, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyễn Chí Dũng.

Việt Nam’s exports this year would increase by 10 per cent while State budget revenue will exceed the estimate. The growth will be low but quite impressive in the current global context.

“This forecast is lower than the set target of 6.5 per cent this year, but achieving this level needs a huge effort, requiring more drastic actions of both the political system and localities,” Dũng said.

If GDP reaches the level, this will be the second year that Việt Nam’s GDP has not completed its growth plan. In 2020, GDP grew by 2.92 per cent due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would affect the implementation of the overall goal of the five-year plan in the 2021-25 period.

He said that social distancing has seriously affected production, business, labour and employment. Meanwhile, the country has spent large resources on the fight against the pandemic, affecting State budget revenue and expenditure. The pandemic also affects the establishment of businesses and attracting FDI.

In particular, domestic consumption of agricultural products faces difficulties due to low purchasing power. The increasing input prices have affected the psychology of production expansion and re-herding. In addition, the price of animal feed continued to increase due to the difficulty of importing raw materials and high transportation costs, which greatly affected livestock development.

The minister said localities need to take advantage of the recovery momentum of major economies that have a great influence on Việt Nam’s economy. The country should rapidly restructure the economy and add elements of innovation and promote the values ​​of Vietnamese culture and people.

He asked localities to give priority to preventing the pandemic so as it doesn’t re-emerge, leading to social distancing, disrupting production and supply chains. In addition, they should have regular dialogues with businesses to create a favourable investment environment while closely following new trends to build socio-economic development plans, including public investment.

He added that during the current difficult time, the local authorities’ attitude to businesses is even more important than the above support.

The localities were also asked to ensure social security and support for affected people as well as actively develop local economic recovery plans, take advantage of the world’s new opportunities to achieve growth targets, and contribute to the overall growth of the country.

“Researching and proposing solutions to build an economic recovery programme after COVID-19 is important and urgent. The solutions should be implemented immediately after the pandemic is under control, focusing on recovering key sectors and areas,” he added.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Planning and Investment will submit to the Government an economic recovery project in October. It is expected that the next two years would be the economic recovery time of the whole country.

“The world changes very quickly. If we don’t build an economy that is autonomous and adaptive, we will be unexpectedly passive. For example, the pandemic could last for a long time, not to mention natural disasters. Currently, the ministry is developing a project to build an autonomous economy.”

Many international experts said that the economy has many optimistic signals to be able to return to a good growth trajectory if the pandemic is controlled. The Government has been on the right track in defining and implementing a vaccine strategy and key economic policies.

Tim Leelahaphan, an economist in charge of Việt Nam and Thailand at Standard Chartered Bank, said that Việt Nam is on the way to its goal of becoming a regional supply chain centre, a modern industry and a future high-income country. Việt Nam has also benefited from the recent supply chain shift. However, it should be noted that the ability to control COVID-19 would play an important role in Việt Nam’s economic prospects in the short term.

Economists also said that the driving force of economic growth depends heavily on the implementation speed of support solutions for people and businesses; expanding commercial activities, taking advantage of opportunities from free trade agreements (FTAs), digital transformation, and accelerating disbursement of public investment capital. This is the short-term and long-term driving force for Việt Nam’s economic growth and also the measures that Việt Nam has taken since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020.

Economist Võ Trí Thành said the Government’s solutions to continue implementing security and business support packages are timely. However, the important issue is the implementation speed of support policies, with more accessible criteria to maximise support for businesses, ready to prepare for the post-COVID-19 period. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1032214/gdp-to-reach-35-4-per-cent-this-year.html

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Vietnamese man’s billion-dollar game conquers int’l market

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Nguyen Thanh Trung, founder and CEO of Sky Mavis, an Ethereum-based project, started his business from the world market first with only 5 percent of the gamers being Vietnamese.

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Vietnamese man’s billion-dollar game conquers int’l market

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Episode 13 of talk show “Nguy Co”.

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Vietnam’s economy will recover after lockdown is lifted: WB economist

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Vietnam’s economy will recover on the back of solid growth achieved in the first half of 2021 after the lockdown is lifted, Dorsati Madani, Senior Economist at the World Bank (WB) Vietnam, has said.

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Vietnam’s economy is expected to recover after the lockdown is lifted. 

The economy is likely to bounce back strongly from the end of the third quarter, similar to how it has recovered after the lockdown was eased in April last year.

She said though Vietnam is facing multiple economic risks due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, its economy has proven to be resilient and dynamic. The country was among a few nations sustaining positive economic growth last year.

The economist also expressed her hope that the Vietnamese economy can rebound in the future as a result of the recovery of its major markets, such as the US, China, and the EU.

Last month, the WB forecast Vietnam’s GDP to expand by about 4.8 percent in 2021, two percentage points lower than its projection last December.

“Whether Vietnam’s economy will rebound in the second half of 2021 will depend on the control of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the effective vaccine rollout, and the efficiency of the fiscal measures to support affected business and households, and to stimulate the recovery,” said Rahul Kitchlu, WB Acting Country Director for Vietnam.

“While downside risks have heightened, economic fundamentals remain solid in Vietnam, and the economy could converge toward the pre-pandemic GDP growth rate of 6.5 to 7 percent from 2022 onward.”

The WB is waiting for figures to be released by the General Statistics Office (GSO) by the end of this month and the Vietnamese government’s decision on reopening the economy to revise its GDP prediction./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/business/vietnam-s-economy-will-recover-after-lockdown-is-lifted-wb-economist-775198.html

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