Consumer sovereignty in the framework of social justice, economic equality and environmental balance, within and across borders


  • Business rules must make sense

    October 8, 2014

    – HA NOI — Ministries that want to continue issuing business licences to the community may soon have to demonstrate that the requirements they demand make sense.

    And the many other Government departments and bodies that issue certificates for a multitude of reasons may also be forced to do the same thing.

    Vice Minister of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Dang Huy Dong, explained the likely developments at a Government task-force meeting on October 6, 2014.

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  • The European Commission could ban VN produce if imports fail on food safety

    October 8, 2014

    – HA NOI — The Euro­pean Commission (EC) has warned that it will ban the import of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables if Viet Nam does not comply with EU’s food standards, reports the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department for the European Market.
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  • China’s Combat Against Unfair Competition May Broaden

    October 7, 2014

    – The Chinese government’s drive to enforce its antitrust and anti-corruption laws is not a temporary surge of such activities. They are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, and further impact the operations of many more multi-national companies in China, says a report by law firm Dechert LLP.

    Over the past two years, China’s authorities have relentlessly investigated and carried out enforcement actions, clamping down on alleged anti-competitive conduct.
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  • Asia grapples with food safety as incomes rise

    October 6, 2014

    – SINGAPORE – Every morning, food samples are laid out on a long table at a pristine laboratory run by a German firm in Singapore – but they’re not meant for chefs or gourmets.

    Testing company TUV SUD is watching out for contaminants that could harm consumers in Singapore and other parts of Asia, which has recently been rocked by food-safety scandals.
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  • Forum highlights WTO role in VN economic success

    October 6, 2014

    – GENEVA — A World Trade Organisation (WTO) forum in Geneva on October 3, 2014 was given an overview of Viet Nam’s economic developments as well as opportunities and challenges facing EU businesses when investing in the country.

    Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, Viet Nam’s permanent representative to the United Nations, the WTO, and other international organisations in Geneva, highlighted the role of world trade in Viet Nam’s economic success.
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  • Thailand tipped to retake crown as world’s top rice exporter

    October 5, 2014

    – Two years after losing its place as the world’s biggest rice exporter, Thailand is eyeing a return to the top spot as the impact of a bungled subsidy scheme eases and it sells cheaper grain to a grateful global market.

    The subsidy, which offered farmers up to 50 percent above market rates for their rice, helped former premier Yingluck Shinawatra win the rural votes she needed to take office in 2011.

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  • Big data a growing factor in competition assessments, says expert as Facebook receives sign off for WhatsApp takeover

    October 3, 2014

    – The access to and control of personal data that a business would have following a merger and the market power the merged business is to obtain as a result is likely to be subject to increased scrutiny by competition authorities, an expert has said.
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  • VASEP appeals against US duties on VN shrimp

    October 2, 2014

    – HA NOI — The Viet Nam Association Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has filed an appeal before a United States court against anti-dumping duties imposed on Vietnamese shrimp.

    The Dan Viet (Vietnamese People) online newspaper quoted Truong Dinh Hoe, VASEP general secretary, as saying on Tuesday that the appeal was filed before the US International Commerce Arbitration Court, which earlier issued its final decision on anti-dumping duties imposed on 30 of 32 Vietnamese shrimp exporters to the US.
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