Most of the imports are low-value goods such as clothing, toys, footwear, food, and vegetables that can be produced domestically. Cellphone imports were worth $791 million and vegetables and fruits, $156.13 million, accounting for 52.1 percent and 84.5 percent of Vietnam’s total imports of these goods.
With Chinese vegetables and fruits costing just half the price of their Vietnamese counterparts and keeping longer, wholesalers have no interest in buying domestic products from farmers in Dalat.
While import taxes are no longer levied on agricultural imports from China, Vietnam has no technical barriers either, Nguyen Ba Dinh, deputy head of customs at HCMC’s Cat Lai Port, said. Chinese toys are everywhere. At a shop in HCMC’s District 9, for instance, only one puzzle game and a packet of plastic fruit which has been unsold for over a year were Vietnamese made.
The shopkeeper said that he had stopped
stocking Vietnamese toys due to their high
The displacement of more than 4,000 families living at Boeung Kak Lake has been an emotional issue in Cambodia with lakeside residents complaining that the compensation they have been offered - US$8,500 in cash or 2 million riel (US$495) and apartments in Dangkor district - falls far below the value of their homes.
The land is being developed by a firm
owned by ruling party senator Lao MengKhin,
who signed a lease with the city to develop
the lake area. In 2008, the government issued
a sub-decree classifying the territory as state
private land that could be legally leased to a
developer, a move rights groups have called
a retroactive attempt to provide legitimacy to
Germany has provided more than 31 million euros (US$43.9 million) as technical and financial assistance for developmentprojects in Laos for the 2011-2017 period. The assistance includes 11 million euro as financial assistance and over 20 million euro as technical assistance.
The financial assistance was for development of roads in rural areas in Sayaboury and Attapeu provinces, which will be provided through the KfW Development Bank (6.0 million euro)..........
Myanmar’s attempt to rebrand itself with a nominally civilian government was met with scepticism at home and abroad, with critics fearing army power has merely moved into the shadows.
While the new order provoked interest, there was little optimism.
The new parliament, which is dominated by the army hierarchy and lacks the participation of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, was a “hot issue” with ordinary people.
The March 30 handover came after Myanmar’s first elections in 20 years last November, which were characterized as a sham to provide a civilian facade to army rule, and marred by the absence of Suu Kyi, and by claims of cheating..........
Although Brunei is small in size it is still part of one of the world’s richest and most biodiverse regions, the Malay Peninsula, which is a prime source for wildlife poaching.
A prime target is the pangolin, a rather shy armadillo-like animal that supposedly is tasty and possesses, at least to the Chinese, aphrodisiacal powers. On a regular basis, pickup trucks head north toward restaurants in China and are quite often intercepted on their journey, especially in Thailand.
Brunei’s Minister of Industry and Primary
Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri
Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan
Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, has called
on communities to stifle the demand for
threatened or endangered animals in order
to stop the illegal practice altogether..........
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