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What’s in The Saigon Times Weekly this week?

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Focus: Making Interest Rates Transparent: That credit institutions are required to publicize their average interest rates for loans may be used as a tool to compete for customers.

Inside Vietnam

A Boost To Social Housing Supply? The revised Housing Law provides conductive mechanisms and policies for social housing development, potentially improving supply and demand. But its real-world implications remain uncertain.

FDI Inflow From Partnerships: Upgrading its relations with major bilateral and multilateral partners helps Vietnam enhance its global stance and become an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI).

The Volatility Of The Coffee Market: Coffee prices have soared to more than VND90 million per ton, resulting in profit for farmers over 100% of production cost. Despite rising prices, coffee supply has remained scarce.

Business

Investor Anxiety Is High: If the gold rush either continues or intensifies without timely interventions by regulators, Vietnam’s macroeconomic targets for 2024 might be affected. Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Huu Huan at the HCMC University of Economics discussed the issue with The Saigon Times.

Economic Outlook Favors Market: Despite significant amounts being pulled out by foreign investors, the domestic stock market has been on the rise for four consecutive months. Since late October 2023, the VN-Index has picked up by 20%.

Living

Zero Waste Coffee: In HCMC, Nguyen Tan Loc’s journey from banker to environmentalist has the potential to reshape sustainable entrepreneurship.

Seeking Blessings At Bach Hao Pagoda: Nestled in Hao Xa Village, Thanh Ha District, Hai Duong Province, just 90km from the bustling capital city of Hanoi, Bach Hao Pagoda boasts a rich history dating back to the Ly Dynasty in 1011. Surrounded by serene river scenery, this sacred site was designated as a National Monument in 1993, with its annual festival officially recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2015.

Travel

Exploring Nam Nghiep Village During Hawthorn Flower Season: Every March and April, the idyllic Nam Nghiep Village in Son La Province transforms into a picturesque canvas adorned with the delicate white blooms of hawthorn flowers (crataegus monogyna), attracting numerous travelers eager to witness and capture the beauty of nature’s spectacle.

Amot – The Spice Of Co Tu Ethnic Minority: Amot, a wild pepper variety found in the Tay Giang mountainous region of Quang Nam Province, has emerged as a staple ingredient in local cuisine, adding depth and richness to dishes with its unique flavor profile.

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