Press Review - March 2018

Friday, 02 March 2018 09:50

Press Review - March 2018


30 March 2018

US-Vietnam Energy Security Dialogue inaugurated

Grab will not monopolise Vietnamese market, true?

US firms interested in expansion in Vietnam

VTVCab to start IPO at US$6.26 per share

CPTPP likely to launch early 2019

Grab-Uber merger may have infringed Competition Act: CCS

Will Thaibev's complaint about Sabeco be resolved in time of AGM?

Thousands of Vietnamese online stores to go bankcrupt by Facebook blocking API

Vietnam needs big deals to reach M&A value exceeding $8 billion

Vietnam raises over $43m from IPO of Hanoi Trade Corp


29 March 2018

Carina Plaza developer escapes to hospital to evade investigation

Playboy quits Facebook over data privacy scandal

Samsung, Fujitsu pick France for new AI research centres

Pharmacy to fill 40% of FPT Retail revenue in four years

MoT cuts rules for transport firms

Vietnamese overseas investment hits nearly $150 million

Vietnam: GPBank to sell 26.9% stake in Hanoi-based Kim Lien for $25m

MoIT orders Grab to report on acquisition of Uber


28 March 2018

Vietjet signs MoU with Safran, finance deal with GECAS

Vietnam’s Q1 economic growth hits decade high

500 Startups closes 20th deal in Vietnam, seeks to up deal pace this year

Cross-ownership wipe-out in financial institutions to finish soon

BTG Holdings called back to decide fate of $500 million project in Vietnam

Vietnam: SSIAM sells shares in PAN Group, SSC; Interfood to buy Wonderfarm brand


27 March 2018

Vietnamese life insurance sector going online

Uber drivers set to work for Grab

Three Dior beauty products recalled in Vietnam due to safety violations

Bank profits expected to rise significantly in Q1

Government issues new decree on multi-level marketing plans

Danang allows polluting firms to resume operations

Korean food firms moving to Vietnamese market

Vietnamese banks thrive following foreign partners’ divestment

Vietnam co-work space operator Toong to foray into Cambodia

Dior products withdrawn from circulation


26 March 2018


 A seminar held to promote links between Logistics and E-commerce

SOE debt weighs heavily on government acting as guarantor

Uber sells Southeast Asia business to Grab after costly battle

Le Thuy lures in foreign investors to wind power sector

Foreign investors demand IP action

ComfortDelgro Savico Taxi JV in Vietnam suspends business operations


23 March 2018

VN-RoK’s trade promotion can reach new height

Real estate market in spotlight of international attention

Green construction materials gaining ground 

Vinamilk, Hậu Giang Pharmaceutical join hands for RD

Vietnam: Singapore’s Insignia Ventures invests $600K in truck platform LOGIVAN

Vietnamese excited as imported cars enjoy tax cut

Real estate market in spotlight of international attention

Vietnam’s food-beverage market attractive to foreign firms

New regulation imposes VND-billion fines for using ‘freebie' software


22 March 2018

CPTPP facilitates growth of Vietnamese timber industry

VN Index nears peak on oil price

Defining Grab and Uber as taxi firms affects integration efforts

Sovico registers to buy 13.7 million Vietjet shares

VTVcab expects to acquire $261 million from IPO

Foreign investors alarmed after Sabeco was hit by tax arrears

Government plans pilot application of new payment services

Warburg sees increasing investment opportunities in Vietnam post $1b commitment


21 March 2018

Foreign investment streams accelerate bank restructuring

VPBank to lift charter capital

Vietnam to become RoK’s second largest importer

Japanese Genesia Ventures leads $2.5m funding round in Vietnam’s Luxstay

Keys to Sustainable Integrated Development in Vietnam


20 March 2018

MoT cracks down on Uber, Grab once again

Audit asks Sabeco to pay $111m

Gov’t to smooth way for auto firms

Taekwang looks for strategic stake in PV Power

Government okays Vietcombank stake sale to foreign investors

Logistics decree underwhelms

Prime Minister agrees to MobiFone inspection conclusions

RoK firms increase investments in Vietnam’s financial market

GSMA Accelerator Fund to invest over $4m in mobile startups in APAC, Africa


19 March 2018


Shares set to keep rising after hitting peak

VinaCapital invests $10m in Vietnamese realty firm Ricons

FPT Telecom plans 80% dividend payout for 2017

Three telcos gained $62 million from Vietnam's largest gambling ring

Alibaba to invest S$2.6b more in Lazada, replaces CEO

Foreign investment streams accelerate bank restructuring

Vietnam: Singapore’s Keppel Land buys out Saigon Sports City

Vietnam Digest: Toong, Indochina pact; Vietcombank pares OCB stake


16 March 2018

Vietnam’s e-commerce market booming

TPBank to announce pre-listing shareholder profiles

Business Forum a highlight of GMS-6


15 March 2018

Vietnam targets raising $240m from IPO of pay-TV player VTVCab

Vinafood 2 IPO sells entire share offering

Sabeco share value plunging

Mobifone's acquisition of AVG to be investigated

Retail model under conversion in Vietnam

Second Japanese investment wave to stem from SMEs

Rounding out a legal framework for vacation properties

City Momentum Index 2018: Agility, Talent and Technology


14 March 2018

Property market expected to be stable in 2018

Amazon studying Vietnam market

Office leasing market promises undetained impetus on all fronts

Govt seeks more non-cash payments for public services

Foreign banks’ withdrawal no cause for concern: experts

Amazon welcomes Vietnamese traders, but will not come to Vietnam

Sabeco charged $110 million in tax arrears

Vietnam government raises $51m from Vinafood 2’s IPO

Vietnamese P2P lending startup Tima seeks to close Series B round by June


13 March 2018


Vietnam’s state-run MobiFone backtracks from private pay TV investment deal

Việt Nam-Japan forum strengthens ties

Market value of Gov’t-bonds hits $44 billion

Vinachem announces equitisation plan for 2018

M&As in the plastics industry: opportunities or challenges?

Division in banking sector sharpens

Changing customer habits bring online retail to fore

Spotify launches music streaming service in Vietnam

Lotte Card wholly acquires Techcom Finance  

Private equity bets on Vietnam’s growing pool of wealth


12 March 2018

Growth momentum forged by regional linkages

Ford Vietnam sued over faulty gearbox

Floodgates could open as Honda imports cars

South Korean financial group to acquire BIDV stake

VN wants exclusion from US steel tariffs

Lazada to be inspected over customer complaints

Uber and Grab warned to comply or leave Vietnam

Vietnamese financial sector in crosshairs of foreign capital

Warburg to invest over $370m in Techcombank in Vietnam’s biggest PE deal


09 March 2018

63 per cent of local firms expect positive impact from CPTPP

VinFast announces designs for electric and internal combustion engine vehicles

VASEP asks US to review anti-dumping duty on Vietnamese shrimp

MoF opposes goods, services price hike

Large-caps support shares’ uptrend

Amazon to set foot in Vietnamese e-commerce market

FMCG companies eyed by foreign firms  

U$3.2bn oil refinery project license revoked

Ministry supports car-sharing service

Vietnam: Korea’s KEB Hana Bank eyes BIDV’s stake

08 March 2018

FLC to spend $3 billion on buying 24 Airbus planes

Vietnam’s trade future looks bright as 11 countries sign trade accord sans US

Vietnam revokes foreign owned, $3.2b oil refinery project investment license

Vietnam’s Appota acquires tool for sharing free passwords Wifi Chua


07 March 2018

Shares rebound as blue chips perform well

Japanese JGC partners Vietnam’s Gia Lai to build $47m solar power plant

Vietnam's billionaire count doubles to 4 on Forbes' rich list

Central Group plans $1.5-billion expansion in Thailand and Vietnam

Vietnam court suspends proceedings in case between Vinasun and Grab

Vietnam Digest: VOF included in FTSE 250; Dragon Capital sells 500K shares of PNJ

Japanese JGC partners Vietnam’s Gia Lai to build $47m solar power plant


06 March 2018

South or north? Expanding Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Mine declines: Good news for sustainability

WIPO helps Vietnamese firms in IP protection

Vinacafe seeks restructuring plan

Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro clears legal barriers

Taiwanese shoemaker Pou Chen granted customs priority

South Korean food firm Jooan Holdings sets foot in Vietnam

Breakthrough reforms needed to keep CPTPP benefits

Listed domestic real estate firms swimming in huge profits in 2017


05 March 2018

Indonesia and Thailand to resume car exports following Decree 116

Parkson’s demise and the rise of competitors

Vietnam Digest: Foreign investors pour nearly $20 million into BFSI; World Bank launches $102m project

Acquisition threat real for VN FMCG brands

Vietnamese realty major Vingroup forays into higher education space

Vietnam Digest: Foreign investors pour nearly $20 million into BFSI; World Bank launches $102m project


03 March 2018

Vietnamese e-commerce market a tough nut to crack

Insiders offering an outsider’s view

VN-Index looks set to approach new peak


02 March 2018

Sharing services thrive amid criticism

Foreign media call Vietnam a rising tiger

VN enjoys $1.08b trade surplus

Pharma Decree a bitter pill for firms

Vinacomin ups coal stake

VIS to up foreign ownership

Sharing services thrive amid criticism

Financial sector grabs foreign investors’ interest

Prime Minister clarifies Government’s viewpoint on macro-economic stability

Ramping up tax audits to boost shrinking state budget

Vietnam Digest: PV OIL to trade on UPCoM on Mar 7; State to pare 46.9% in Vinawind


01 March 2018


Heated debate over new pharmaceutical FIE regulation

Vietcombank to offer 10% stake to foreign investors, GIC among interested parties

New firms increase by 30% in 2 months

Vietnam’s six large-scale foreign pharmaceutical firms

Ministries urged to cut red tape, hasten reform

New decree replaces regulations on logistics business

Vietcombank to offer 10% stake to foreign investors, GIC among interested parties

People Digest: Zalora CEO resigns; Vingroup appoints new CEO

CapitaLand acquires prime site in Vietnam, sets up $130m fund