Three Vietnamese Cities Added To Proposed ASEAN Smart Cities Network
 
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Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in Vietnam will be part of the network of smart cities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) proposed by Singapore, the city state’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on April 25.

“I visited all three cities during my two visits to Vietnam last year and was very impressed with their rapid urban development. Their inclusion in the smart cities network will add to ASEAN’s vibrancy,” Lee said..

The smart cities network, which aims to better connect digital infrastructure and services like e-payments across the region, is Singapore’s flagship initiative as the chair of ASEAN this year.

The three cities in Vietnam are among 26 proposed by the ten ASEAN members. However, more details are not yet public.

Singapore is keen to strengthen ASEAN’s resilience and innovation by developing e-commerce regulation and technology infrastructure and boosting cyber security in the region. ASEAN’s digital economy is forecast to hit $200 billion by 2025, according to a joint report by Singapore’s state fund Temasek and Google last year.

Meanwhile, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the State Bank of Vietnam signed a co-operation agreement on mutual support of the development of financial technology solutions.

Singapore has sealed similar agreements with Australia, Britain and Middle Eastern countries. The government has offered tech firms powerful incentives to settle in the city state in a bid to establish itself as a fintech hub and a “smart nation.”

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Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2018 opens, shining a light on Vietnam’s promising automotive service industry
 
Apr 23, 2018
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Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) 2018, the leading regional trade fair for Vietnam’s automotive service sector, will open its doors at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Vietnam from 25 – 27 April.

Since its debut show a year ago, the event has quickly grown to become an important part of the industry’s calendar. Stepping into its second edition, the 2018 show will house 360 international and local exhibitors across 9,200 sqm exhibition space, and is expected to attract over 8,500 buyers and trade visitors from near and far.

Serving as an international trading platform to connect the local automotive service industry with the world’s leading players, the fair’s exhibitors this year are from 17 countries and regions, including Bulgaria, China, Germany, Hong Kong (new), India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, the UK (new), the US and Vietnam. Some of the exhibiting brands include the likes of ElringKlinger, Hitachi Chemical, KYB, Sangsinbrake, Sobek Tire and Van Su Loi. As the show’s official strategic partner, renowned German lubricant brand Liqui Moly is also one of the participating exhibitors at the fair this year. The company will present a wide range of German-made repair and maintenance and car care products, including series of high quality oils, additives and greases for both four-wheel and two-wheel automobiles.

Meanwhile, a number of key industry sectors will also be on display during the show, including parts, components, electronics, systems, accessories, customising, repair, maintenance, dealer and workshop management, car wash, car care, reconditioning, alternative drive systems, digital solutions and tyres. To complement this wall-to-wall coverage, eight overseas pavilions will be featured this year, from China, Germany (new), Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the UAE (new). Participants within each of these exhibiting groups will undoubtedly bring their very latest developments to showcase during the three-day event.

Elsewhere, to accommodate the needs of the regional market and to complement the high demands on tyre and motorcycle products in Vietnam’s market, the fair has launched Tyre Competence and Motorcycle Competence. This means exhibiting companies with relevant products and solutions for the tyre and motorcycle sectors will be specially highlighted, allowing visiting buyers to quickly identify them for an efficient sourcing experience.

The show’s fringe programme this year is also an essential element to provide participants with a chance to expand their business networks and educational opportunities, by exploring the most up-to-date industry knowledge and market information. This year, the show brings together three concurrent fringe events. These are:

* Automechanika Academy will be held on 25 April. Seven free-to-join seminars will feature topics ranging from country policies, industry trends, material evolutions and industrial innovations.
* Repair & Maintenance Workshop will be held on 26 April, with two collision repairing courses, providing attendees with a chance to acquire advanced knowledge on collision repair and an understanding of international standards.
* Product Presentation will be held on 27 April. A number of international exhibitors will convey presentations about their latest product releases and technologies.

Demonstrating its strong position in Vietnam’s automotive service industry, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City has received extensive support from many of Vietnam’s industry organisations. Joining the Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA) are a number of new supporters, including the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Vietnam Association of Mechanical Industry (VAMI), the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Mechanical – Electrical Enterprise (HAMEE), the Vietnam Society of Automotive Engineers (VSAE) and OTO-HUI.

Likewise, international organisations are also supporting the event, including the Federal Association of the Manufacturers and Importers of Automobile Service Equipment (ASA), the International Cooperation Committee of China Auto Maintenance Equipment Industry Association (CAMEIA), the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taiwan Transportation Vehicle Manufacturer's Association (TTVMA).

Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, Chan Chao International Co Ltd and Yorkers Exhibition Service Vietnam. The fair is one of 17 Automechanika fairs held in Africa, Asia, Europe and North, Central and South America. For further information about the show or to download high quality photographs, please visitwww.automechanika-hcmc.com or contact +852 2802 7728 / autoasia@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

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Việt Nam is updating its emission target in Paris climate deal
 
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Vĩnh Tân 4 thermal coal-fired power plant in the central province of Bình Thuận. Environmentalists have long decried Việt Nam’s reliance on coal-fired power, frequently linked with the exacerbation of global warming. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is reviewing and updating the country’s carbon emission target to better comply with the Paris agreement on climate change and prepare for the global assessment later this year.

Deputy minister of environment and natural resources Võ Tuấn Nhân announced the review during a consultation workshop on Wednesday, where international partners such as UNDP and EU contributed ideas and technical expertise to help the country reduce its emissions.

Deputy minister Nhân said that Việt Nam started its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) back in June last year and the report has been mostly completed. The greenhouse gas mitigation component focuses primarily on energy-related policies, industrial and agricultural production, land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and waste.

Evaluation of data needed for calculating costs and the feasibility of greenhouse gas mitigation in various areas and opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emission between 2020 and 2030 were also discussed.

Delegates debated Việt Nam’s capability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 per cent by 2030 and even achieve a 25 per cent cut with international support. They identified priority solutions for greenhouse gas mitigation and challenges to take such measures.

At the event, the review team proposed 45 plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, industry, energy and LULUCF to achieve a cut of more than 299 million tonnes of CO2 between 2020 and 2030.

The team is working to review the local status of climate change adaptation, calculate losses and damage and benefits of integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation, and evaluate impacts of Việt Nam’s emissions cut target on the country’s socio-economic development.

Hoàng Anh, an expert from the agriculture ministry and a member of the NDC review team, suggested the NDC include issues like Agriculture 4.0, organic agriculture and aquaculture.

According to Prof. Trần Thức, vice chairman of the advisory council for the National Committee on Climate Change, the NDC is one of Việt Nam’s responsibilities to the international community. Close coordination between ministries and State bodies is vital for the development and implementation of Việt Nam’s NDC, he stressed, adding that socio-economic development is Việt Nam’s ultimate goal but it must be realised in tandem with adaptation to climate change.

After signing the global climate agreement in Paris in April in 2016, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc officially ratified the accord in November the same year – coinciding with the day the accord went into force and effectively binding Việt Nam to the deal’s terms that set out to keep global warming in check. As part of the efforts shared by 195 nations, each country is expected to submit an updated report on its NDCs every five years in to ensure the global temperature rise will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level by the end of this century. The agreement also seeks to eventually achieve net zero emissions.

Currently, according to climate watch organisations, Việt Nam ranks 27th in greenhouse gas emissions, contributing around 0.72 per cent to the global emissions. — VNS

 
 
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Mekong Agritech Accelerator (MATCh) Selects 2018 Finalists
 
Mar 23, 2018
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Top agritech startups to showcase their solutions at Greater Mekong Subregion Leaders Summit in Ha Noi

HA NOI, VIET NAM - 23 March 2018 – The Mekong Agritech Accelerator (MATCh) announced that 23 startups have been invited join its 2018 program. The cohort includes 13 startups from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam, as well 10 international firms proposing agritech solutions for these markets.

MATCh’s competitive application process sought to identify agricultural technologies and new business models with the potential to reshape agriculture towards sustainable and inclusive growth in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS). 127 startups applied. A panel of agriculture and food industry experts as well as investors evaluated the applications and selected the finalists.

Finalists will learn, share, and grow their businesses and technology with mentors, industry experts, and investors. They will attend a bootcamp to improve and refine their business models, and to build their networks. They will join 2018 GMS Leaders Summit on March 30-31 and showcase their solutions and technologies. Additionally, they will be a part of the Future Food Asia Award event on May 23rd in Singapore.

MATCh is the first accelerator for agritech startups in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. It is funded by the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and is co-organized by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), Future Food Asia, and the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP).

When asked about the MATCh participants, Dominic Mellor, of the ADB who heads up the MBI, said "We are extremely impressed with the innovations from the MATCh participants. MBI and our partners will work with the selected innovators and entrepreneurs on transforming the agricultural industry in the Mekong Region into a leading supplier of safe and nutritious food for all.”

“Through a number of MATCh applicants we found that the GMS region has embraced technology quite fast and had tweaked it to make it more applicable for their markets and customers. Global solutions providers are a bit more mature business; helping them develop in the GMS region will further accelerate the adoption of technology by providing role models local entrepreneurs can relate to.” said Isabelle Decitre, founder and CEO of ID Capital, the company operating Future Food Asia.

“MATCh is a great platform for us to connect within the agritech ecosystem. We really share and learn a lot from other participants and mentors. I hope that MATCh will continue to support us to make a difference in the Mekong region.” said Mr. Pham Duy Hung, CEO and Founder of PADCO.

“MATCh was launched at the sidelines of the Second GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in September 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia”, said Pavit Ramachandran, Principal Environment Specialist, ADB. “The meeting endorsed the GMS strategy for promoting safe and environment-friendly agriculture value chains and action plan for 2018-2022. MATCh is an important initiative as entrepreneurship and technology are key to enhancing the competitiveness of small producers and inclusiveness and sustainability of the supply chain.”

About the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) – MBI The Asian Development Bank and the Australian Government jointly launched the MBI in 2015. MBI catalyzes private sector development in emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets, focusing on Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, and Viet Nam. The program aims to improve the business-enabling environment in these four emerging ASEAN markets with particular focus on business advocacy, alternative finance, and innovation. Alongside MATCh, MBI organizes innovation accelerator programs including Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST), the SMART City Innovation Challenge Vietnam, and the Fintech Challenge Vietnam.

About the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) – CASP supports the GMS in attaining its goal of being a leading producer of safe food using climate-friendly agriculture practices. Now in its second phase since 2012, it is committed to increasing the subregion’s agricultural competitiveness through enhanced regional and global market integration and subregional connectivity. CASP is overseen by the agriculture ministries of the six GMS countries comprising the GMS Working Group on Agriculture, namely: Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (specifically, Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Co-financing is provided by the ADB, the Government of Sweden, the Nordic Development Fund, and the Water Financing Partnership Facility.

About Future Food Asia – Future Food Asia is the first of its kind platform to accelerate Agri-tech and Foodtech innovations in the Asia-Pacific region. In partnership with multinationals, government organizations, startups and research teams, it is building an integrated innovation network. Operated by Singapore-based VC investment & advisory firm ID Capital, Future Food Asia is looking for agile startups to innovate and disrupt the food value chain. The annual Future Food Asia Award ceremony rewards the winners of its annual competition and promotes open innovation in the region with the goal to catalyze and align an ecosystem to cope with the challenges of food.

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Vietnam To Cooperate With Qatar In Food Security
 
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Vietnam and Qatar have decided to work closer in the field of food security as the Middle East country is looking for new import sources and food trading partners in the wake of continued tensions with other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

According to Vietnam’s ambassador in Qatar, Nguyen Dinh Thao, Vietnam has made significant advancement in food exports over the past decade and also made progress in cooperation with large food importers in the Middle East under their food security programmes.

“Vietnam plays an important role in global food security as it has made progress in food security and increased production for international markets,” Thao said, adding that “Vietnam is ready to cooperate with Qatar especially in the field of food security. High-tech agriculture is also a development focus for Vietnam in maintaining food security in the future and it is an area which Qatar and Vietnam can work together.”

Vietnam is a net exporter of agri-food, seafood, rice and many other agricultural products. In 2016, exports of agriculture and forestry products reached $18.1 billion, an increase of 6.5 per cent year-on-year and accounting for 10.3 per cent of the country’s total exports. Seafood exports were valued at $7 billion, an increase of 6.8 per cent as compared to the previous year and accounting for four percent of total export value.

Vietnam also wants to increase export of tropical fruits to the Middle East, starting with Qatar, with the main types of fruit being bananas, grapefruit, dragon fruit, mango, coconut and also durian.

Vietnam could fully meet Qatar’s demand for tropical fruits, Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, said. According to him, Vietnam had 1.8 million hectares of cultivation area for fruits and vegetables with an annual output of 20 million tonnes, and this figure would double in the future if demand increases.

Besides seafood, other food exports to Qatar would include Vietnam’s top agriculture products such as vegetables, coffee, cashew nuts and pepper.

Vietnam and Qatar are looking back at many years of close relations and business ties. As early as in 2008, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority set up a $1-billion fund to invest in agricultural development, as well as cattle and lamb farming in Vietnam.

Qatar is also investing in the real estate, tourism, banking and petroleum sector in Vietnam, and the Gulf country’s national airline Qatar Airways operates direct flights from Doha to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Currently, there are around 1,400 Vietnamese citizens residing in Qatar, namely researchers, students, engineers and workers in the construction and service industry.

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Vietnam Going Solar After Nuclear Power Plants Shelved
 
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The Vietnam government decided to embark on a number of projects to build large solar power facilities in the country and encouraged large companies to invest in the sector in order to prevent anticipated power shortages due to the recent cancellation of nuclear power plant construction projects.

Originally, it was planned to build two nuclear power plants with Russia and Japan in the southern province of Ninh Thuan, but the plan was cancelled in November 2016 due to hefty up-front costs of several billion dollars per reactor and because of security fears.

Thien Tan Group, a large construction and energy conglomerate and one of Vietnam’s largest solar power company, now said it will spend $2 billion to build five large solar power plants by 2020 in Ninh Thuan. A 50 megawatts solar plant will start operating this year, followed by four plants generating 200-300 megawatt each. The five solar plants will generate an estimated one gigawatts, equivalent to the total power output of a nuclear reactor.

Ninh Thuan Province – which is blessed with ample sunshine and abundant idle land – is highly suitable for solar power generation. The province is trying to attract solar power plants as an alternative to nuclear. The province plans to attract 4.85 gigawatt worth of large solar power plants by 2030.

TTC Group is another large enterprise that decided to tap into the solar power generation business. By 2020, the sugar, energy, real estate and tourism conglomerate said it will build 20 large solar power plants in southern provinces with ample sunshine, including a 320 megawatt plant in Tay Ninh province and a 300 megawatt facility in Binh Thuan Province.

The government in Hanoi is trying to nurture solar power generation as one of the country’s main sources of electrical power. Currently solar power only accounts for 0.01 per cent of total power generation capacity in Vietnam, but the government plans to increase the ratio to 3.3 per cent by 2030 and 20 per cent by 2050.

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Foreign Startup Founders Flock To Vietnam
 
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Vietnam’s vibrant startup scene is not only fostering a new class of domestic entrepreneurs, it is also attracting a growing number of foreigners who want to tap the country’s huge growth potential as a revived Southeast Asian tiger economy and its skilled IT workforce.

And the government is readily supporting this with many programmes that help create a dynamic startup ecosystem by facilitating training, mentorship and business incubation and acceleration of young businesses, as well as through business incubators and startup centers at Vietnam’s universities, Viet Nam News noted.

Founding a startup company is also a relatively easy way to get a Vietnam business visa which is valid either six months or one year and is renewable.

Moreover, the country has financing programmes to support the growth of new companies, while the government is also committed to building a fair and competitive business environment. Apart from that, there are domestic venture capital firms with deep pockets such as Vina Capital, and more and more foreign financiers from Southeast Asa, the US and Europe looking at the Vietnam startup community.

Among the latest venture capital firms to invest in Vietnam were ESP Capital with $20 million which targets startups in first development stages in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and Innovatube with $5 million which focuses on Vietnamese startups. Most recently, Indonesia’s Lotte Group announced it would pour $1 million into Vietnam startups in the next five years through a cooperation agreement signed between Lotte Accelerator and Vietnam Silicon Valley Accelerator. 500 Startups is another influential fund looking into opportunities in Vietnam.

Apart from that, an exchange programme promoting Vietnamese startups entitled “Runway to the World” was officially launched in Ho Chi Minh City on January 11, 2018. The programme, hosted by the Saigon Innovation Hub, aims at linking local startups with organisations and startup ecosystems in North America, Western Europe, North Asia and Asia-Pacific.

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Sea turtle conservation project to launch
 
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Viet Nam News LÝ SƠN ISLAND — The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) plans to launch a communication campaign to promote the non-use of plastic bags as a prelude to its sea turtle conservation programme on Lý Sơn Island in 2018.

IUCN’s Marine and Coastal resource programme co-ordinator Bùi Thị Thu Hiền told Việt Nam News that the communication campaign aims to raise awareness among islanders and tourists of the need to create clean and safe marine areas for sea turtles returning to the island in the near future.

Hiền said on Tuesday other activities related to marine environment cleaning and protection would be launched beginning next year to boost sea turtle conservation in the area where turtles had laid their eggs in the past decades.

According to IUCN’s research, the sea turtle population in central coastal areas has seriously declined in recent years.

Quảng Ngãi beaches, including areas in Bình Sơn District on Lý Sơn Island, witnessed 200 sea turtles regularly approaching the beaches to lay their eggs in 1980s.

However, the figure dropped by 90 per cent between 1980 and 2000 due to rapid urbanisation, over-fishing and the construction of buildings and concrete dykes.

According to IUCN Việt Nam, only eight out of 16 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Việt Nam offer sea turtle conservation.

Hiền said MPA in Lý Sơn Island still struggles with a lack of investment and human resources for sea turtle conservation.

Beaches in Quảng Ngãi were home to species including green turtles (Chelonia mydas), hawkbills (Eretmochelis imbricate) and leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea).

According to Lê Xuân Ái, a sea turtle conservationist, beaches in Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Nam, Bình Định, Phú Yên and Bình Thuận provinces were favourite sites for sea turtles to lay their eggs.

Ái succeeded last year in releasing nearly 900 baby turtles into the sea in a pilot programme for ex-situ sea turtle conservation in the Chàm Islands, off the coast of Quảng Nam Province.

Sea turtle eggs, which had been laid 40 days earlier on Côn Đảo Island, were brought to hatch in sand nests on the Chàm Islands’ beaches before the baby sea turtles made their way into the sea.

Last year, IUCN, in co-operation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, started a marine environment protection communications programme for sea turtle conservation on An Bình Islet, three miles off Lý Sơn Island.

Paintings of ocean life and species were created on the walls of households in An Bình Islet, calling on local islanders and tourists to join hands to protect the marine environment and sea turtles. — VNS

Photo caption/ Concrete dykes and rapid urbanisation in Lý Sơn Island prevent the return of sea turtles for egg laying on warm and quiet beaches. — VNS Photo Công Thành

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Earth Engine Drives Environmental Management in Vietnam
 
Oct 26, 2017
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New technology allows faster, more accurate weather-related analysis

October 2017 --[ ASIA TODAY ]-- Vu Huu Long was always curious why the world behaved the way it did. Science offered a means of answering his questions.

“I chose this field because it helps me understand the world around me. Most importantly, I can use this understanding to help people in my country,” said Long.

In 2010, Long graduated from the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology and began working with the Space Technology Institute, part of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, in 2012.

Vietnam, like other countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia, is confronted with water-related challenges. Flooding in the rainy season and drought in the dry season leave millions vulnerable. Rapid urbanization and population growth put increasing pressure on the environment.

Managing resources and planning for weather-related shocks is the focus of Long’s work. He uses satellite imagery and field data to better understand risks and to forecast trends to inform decision-making. But this work is not easy.

Environmental management needs big-picture thinking. It requires the use of satellite imagery and big data. However, obtaining this data either requires high-performance technology or is time-consuming and expensive, as expressed by Luong Tuan Trung, a researcher at the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources.

“I face many challenges with accessing satellite imagery,” said Trung. “The processing power needed is immense; we lack the computational resources. Storage capacity also limits us to access high-quality data. Using commercial software can be expensive and with different codes, difficult to understand.”

In 2016, Long was introduced to Google Earth Engine (GEE) (link is external) through SERVIR-Mekong (link is external), a program funded by USAID in cooperation with NASA, and implemented by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. GEE, which is a catalog of satellite imagery and datasets with analysis capabilities, is also a game changer for Long and his colleagues at the academy. SERVIR-Mekong teamed up with Google to reach government ministries in the region with this new technology.

Technical challenges once faced by Long and his colleagues have greatly improved with GEE. They can now perform analysis faster and more accurately predict trends. As a result, reservoir monitoring, flood mapping, crop detection and many other projects now use GEE.

“As GEE becomes more popular, it will improve decision-making with faster information and more accurate analysis,” said Long.

Demand for the platform has exceeded expectations. Across the region, government ministries and development practitioners are seeking GEE for their work, and meeting demand has been a challenge. SERVIR-Mekong is now developing online courses via edX (link is external) to allow more people to use the platform.

The SERVIR-Mekong program, which runs from 2014 to 2019, helps government and other stakeholders in the Lower Mekong use publicly available satellite imagery and technologies to address development issues such as disaster impact and environmental changes.

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Panasonic Donates 1,200 Solar Lanterns to Central Vietnam
 
Oct 17, 2017
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Quang Ngai, Vietnam, 13 October 2017–Panasonic Corporation donated 1,200 solar lanterns to people in Minh Long, Tra Bong, Son Tay and Bac Tra My districts in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces. The program is under Panasonic’s “100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project” that aims to donate 100,000 solar lanterns to people living in off-grid areas by its 100th anniversary in 2018. The ceremony was held at the People’s Committee of Long Son Commune, Minh Long district in the cooperation with World Vision International Vietnam.

This is the third year Panasonic has deployed the project to the local people in Vietnam bringing the total number of lanterns to 2,832 units. In the previous year, Panasonic donated 630 units in Dien Bien, 702 units in Yen Bai and 300 units in Thanh Hoa to create positive changes in their lives.

Understanding the challenges faced by the people in the Central region during the typhoon season this year, Panasonic decided to donate solar lanterns to provide an energy-efficient solution to many households, pre-schools and medical facilities in four districts.

At the ceremony, Mr. Masaaki Kobayashi, General Director, Panasonic Vietnam said: “Since our founding in 1918, we have established and remained true to our management philosophy of contributing to society through our business activities by providing superior, environmentally-friendly products that bring convenience to our customers. In addition, we have strived to address the social challenges with various practical solutions in the field of education and the environment. With positive comments from the World Vision International Vietnam’s report on the effectiveness of the program in improving people’s lives in Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Thanh Hoa provinces, we are committed to further promote the program in Vietnam to encourage the use of green energy and eco-friendly products.”

Along with the Solar Lantern Donation activity, Panasonic has implemented a special care program to aid flood victims. The program is applied for TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners to support flood victims in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Hue provinces. During the program period, between October 2 and 15, 2017, customers in the above provinces can get free repair, maintenance and 50% reduction of fees for spare-parts or replacement of used parts (applicable for non-repairable or discontinued replacement parts) when registering via Panasonic’s toll-free, call-center at 18001593.

n estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide still live without access to electricity. Panasonic will continue to bring light and electricity to people living in off-grid areas to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and achieve "A Better Life, A Better World.”

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Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the company has expanded globally and now operates 495 subsidiaries and 91 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.343 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2017. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:http://www.panasonic.com/global.

About Panasonic Vietnam

Panasonic Vietnam (PV) is the first 100% foreign invested company to assume the role of the country headquarters in Vietnam. To date, Panasonic Vietnam Group comprises of seven companies, five of which are manufacturing companies – Panasonic Industrial Devices Vietnam (PIDVN), Panasonic System Networks Vietnam (PSNV), Panasonic Appliances Vietnam (PAPVN), Panasonic AVC Networks Vietnam (PAVCV) and Panasonic Eco Solutions Vietnam (PESVN), and the Panasonic Research & Development Center Vietnam (PRDCV). The Group currently employs a total workforce of about 8,000 people. In Vietnam, Panasonic is a company that places great emphasis on contributing to the community with social activities surrounding education and environment. To learn more about Panasonic Vietnam:http://panasonic.com/vn/

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