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Mining, civil service, consumer laws issued

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

Mining, civil service, consumer laws issued

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Three new laws were made public on Dec. 14, including the Law on Consumer Rights Protection, the amended Law on Minerals, and the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants which were passed by the National Assembly during its 8th session.

In a meeting held on Dec 14 by the President’s Office, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Danh Vinh said that the number of violations of consumer rights and the extent of the violations were on the increase, seriously affecting the rights of consumers.

The Law on Consumer Rights Protection regulated that disputes between consumers and individuals and organisational businesses will be settled by negotiation, conciliation, arbitration and courts.

Consumer protection organisations have the right to sue businesses for harming the public interest and the State will provide funding for organisations to implement the tasks outlined in the law.

Introducing the amended Law on Minerals, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Chu Pham Ngoc Hien said the law’s new points are regulations related to licensing mineral exploitation through auctioning exploitation rights, State management of minerals, and devolution of licensing powers to local authorities.

Auctioning mineral exploration rights will help abolish the current “give and take” mechanism in licensing and allow qualified organisations which have enough capacity and experience in the sector to be chosen, he said.

The Law also lays out regulations on the overall direction of the mineral sector as well as rules on mineral planning and exploration to avoid overlapping responsibilities between different State agencies, Hien said.

The breakthrough amendment of the revised law is the change in State’s mineral management mechanism which was based on financial regulations and in line with the rules of the market economy, he said.

Under the law, the State will collect a fee from individuals and organisations that are licensed to explore minerals.

The Law on Minerals and Law on Consumer Right Protection will come into effect on July 1, 2011.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Duy Thang said the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants will come into force on January 1, 2012.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Consumer Goods Fair 2010 in Bac Kan Province

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Euro crisis weighs on German consumer sentiment: GfK

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Consumer confidence sags

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:07 am

Consumer confidence sags

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

The country’s consumer confidence index dipped to 101 points in the first quarter, a drop of eight points, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

Consumer confidence experienced a slight adjustment after taking a steep 24-point fall in the second half of 2009.

The drop made Vietnam the 11th most confident country, down from the fourth most confident country at the end of 2009, according to the latest edition of Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Survey conducted by Niesel Co. between March 8 and March 26.

It polled more than 27,000 internet consumers in 55 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

“We view this as a slight change rather than a significant decline in Vietnam confidence from the second half of 2009 results,” the report said.

Despite the slight change, Vietnam consumers are still relatively optimistic, with only 56 percent of those surveyed believing Vietnam was still in a recession, down from 69 percent in the second half of 2009.

Forty-three percent of Vietnamese believe they would be out of the recession in the next 12 months, while a notable 34 percent disagreed and another 23 percent said “don’t know.”

The Vietnamese continue to be “cautiously optimistic” as 55 percent of Vietnamese believe job prospects are good to excellent over the coming 12 months.

Despite a relatively positive outlook on jobs and finances, 54 percent of Vietnamese consumers said that this would not be the best time to buy the things they wanted or needed.

After paying for essential living expenses, 49 percent said they would put their money into savings, followed by spending on holidays/vacations (39 percent), new technology products (30 percent), home entertainment (29 percent) and home improvement (29 percent).

“Consumers in Vietnam are still hesitant to go out and spend money, yet the results indicate that there is a willingness to spend on new products. Companies that focus on value and quality and targeted promotions will be the ones to drive consumption throughout Vietnam,” said Williams.

Almost identical to their Asian neighbours, Vietnamese consumers’ top four concerns are job security (19 percent), the economy (18 percent), work/life balance (14 percent) and health (11 percent).

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam, US cooperate in consumer product safety

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and the US signed an agreement on consumer product safety cooperation in Hanoi on September 11.

Under the agreement, inked by General Director of the Goods Quality and Measurement Management Department Ngo Quy Viet and Nancy Nord, Acting Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the two sides will exchange information and documents regarding consumer product safety as well as consumers’ welfare and awareness.

They will also exchange officials and experts and the CPSC is committed to provide training programmes for Vietnamese officials involving in consumer goods safety.-