FDI disbursement in 2022 highest in 5 years

Disbursement of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam this year is estimated at 22.4 billion USD, the highest in the past five years, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

The GSO also said that Vietnam has attracted more than 27 billion USD since the beginning of the year. Singapore was the largest investors in 2022 with nearly 6.5 billion USD, followed by South Korea, and Japan.

Foreign investors have invested in 19 national economic sectors, of which the processing and manufacturing industry took the lead.

Ho Chi Minh City attracted the largest amount of FDI this year. Binh Duong province came second and Quang Ninh province third.

 

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Soccer legend Pele dies at 82

 

Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player who rose from barefoot poverty to become one of the greatest and best-known athletes in modern history, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27 p.m (local time) “due to multiple organ failures resulting from the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous medical condition.”

Pele is the only man to win the World Cup three times as a player. In a glorious 21-year career he scored more than 1,200 goals.

He was named “Athlete of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee, co-“Football Player of the Century” by world soccer body FIFA, and a “national treasure” by Brazil’s government.

 

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Israeli minister sees possible attack on Iran “in two or three years“

Israel could attack Iranian nuclear sites in two or three years, its defence minister said this week, in unusually explicit comments about a possible timeline. Experts say Iran could potentially raise the fissile purity of its uranium to weapons-grade in short order.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz said in a speech, “In two or three years, you may be traversing the skies eastward and taking part in an attack on nuclear sites in Iran.”

The Israeli military intelligence forecast for next year is that Iran “will continue on its current path of slow progress” in the nuclear realm, according to Israel Hayom newspaper on Sunday.

 

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HCM city’s New Year countdown music party to feature K-Pop, V-Pop stars

A countdown music party to welcome the New Year will be held in downtown HCM City on Saturday.

The Tiger Remix 2023, with the theme “Uncage New Year with Courage” will highlight leading Korean singer-songwriter and rapper CL, former member of girl group 2NE1.

The show will also include top singers and bands from the Vietnamese music scene, including Ha Anh Tuan, Den, and Hoang Thuy Linh. The event will also showcase the Motion Capture 3D technology, cutting-edge technology used in Hollywood blockbusters, for the first time in Vietnam.

The show will take place from 4pm until midnight at Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1, and will also be broadcast on HCM City Television’s channel HTV7.

 

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Uzbekistan says 18 children die after consuming India-made syrup

Uzbekistan’s health ministry has said at least 18 children have died after consuming a medicinal syrup manufactured by Indian drugmaker Marion Biotech. The ministry said 18 out of 21 children who took the Doc-1 Max syrup while suffering from an acute respiratory disease died after consuming it. It is marketed on the company’s website as a treatment for cold and flu symptoms.

A batch of the syrup contained ethylene glycol, which the ministry said was a toxic substance.

It also said the syrup was given to children at home without a doctor’s prescription, either by their parents or on the advice of pharmacists, with doses that exceeded the standard dose for children.

It was not immediately clear whether all or any of the children had consumed the suspect batch or had consumed more than the standard dose, or both.

The Uzbek incident follows a similar one in Gambia, where the deaths of at least 70 children were blamed on cough and cold syrups made by New Delhi based Maiden Pharmaceuticals. Both India’s government and the company have denied the medicines were at fault.

 

 

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Nguyen Thi Oanh, Mai Duc Chung voted as 2022’s most outstanding sport personalities

 

Athlete Nguyen Thi Oanh and head coach of the national women’s football team Mai Duc Chung have been voted as 2022’s most outstanding athlete and sport coach, respectively, by journalists and sports reporters. Oanh is followed by swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang and captain of the national women’s football team Huynh Nhu.

She won three gold medals at SEA Games 31 and four gold medals at the recent National Sports Games.

Coach Mai Duc Chung, who led the national women’s team to the 2023 World Cup, is followed by Tran Van Sy (track-and-field) and Nguyen Hoang Vu (swimming).

 

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UN chief asks countries to put peace at center of actions

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on all countries to put peace at the center of all their words and actions. In his New Year video message, the UN chief said “We need peace with one another, through dialogue to end conflict, and peace with nature and climate, to build a more sustainable world”.

Peace is also needed within families and households, so women and girls can live in dignity and safety, Guterres said, as well as peace online.

People from Ukraine, Afghanistan, the Congo, and elsewhere, have left the ruins of their homes and lives in search of something better, Guterres said.

More than 100 million people have fled violence, wildfires, drought, poverty, and hunger, he said, calling on people to make 2023 a year when peace is restored to lives, homes, and the world.

 

 

Source: VOV5