HCM City works to solve difficulties facing property enterprisesThe People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a conference on November 7 to help local real estate enterprises solve difficulties.Le Hoang Chau, President of the Ho Chi Minh City Real Estate Association, said the local property market faces several bottlenecks affecting enterprises’ business and investment activities, including approval of investment intentions, ground clearance, land use feess, project acquisition, using land funds to pay for Build-Transfer (BT) contracts, and credit and financial procedure issues.The slow settlement of these bottlenecks is one reason for the significant decrease in the supply of real estate products in 2018, which is forecast to continue reducing in 2019, Chau affirmed.At the event, local enterprises shared difficulties facing them during project implementation.Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong admitted that there remain several … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 9/11
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Denmark has moved one place up and now ranks sixth on an annual list of the world’s most competitive nations for businesses. The list, the World Competitive Yearbook 2018, is published by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). Denmark’s strengths include good institutional and societal framework, with a high rule of law index, absence of corruption and great equality. In addition, the Scandinavian country scores well on green solutions, motivated workers and social responsibility, writes dibusiness.dk. Among Denmark’s weaknesses, IMD points to the country’s relatively weak growth, difficulty attracting investment from abroad and very high taxes. Competitiveness is an area in which Denmark must lead says the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), a private interest organisation funded, owned and managed by 10,000 companies within the manufacturing, trade and service industries. “It is crucial that Denmark is among the most competitive … [Read more...] about Denmark moves up on list of world’s most competitive business nations
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByEileen Sullivan and Dave Philipps May 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday that he intended to nominate Robert Wilkie, the acting secretary of veterans affairs, to take over the sprawling agency, a move that the president said would surprise Mr. Wilkie because he was learning about it only as it was being revealed. The president made the announcement ahead of a public event about prison reform as he praised members of his cabinet who have worked on the issue. The president said, “Acting Secretary Wilkie, who, by the way, has done an incredible job at the V.A. and I’ll be informing him in a little while — he doesn’t know this yet — but, we’re going to be putting his name up.” Mr. Trump’s previous choice to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, … [Read more...] about Trump Says He Will Nominate Acting Secretary to Lead V.A.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByNicholas Fandos May 17, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday to be the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, elevating a career clandestine officer to its directorship despite bipartisan misgivings about her role in the agency’s brutal detention and interrogation programs in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Ms. Haspel, the current deputy director, takes the helm at a time of shifting alliances and intelligence threats from Iran and North Korea to Russia, unfolding after President Trump tried to cast doubt on the intelligence community’s judgment as part of his broader attack on the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. But it was Ms. Haspel’s past that transfixed senators — if only for a few weeks — … [Read more...] about Senate Confirms Haspel to Lead C.I.A. Despite Torture Concerns
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAstead W. Herndon May 17, 2018 Democratic Party officials, desperate to present a unified front in advance of the all-important 2018 midterms, are working to revamp their presidential nominating process and erase the final vestiges of the bitter 2016 presidential primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. The most significant, and divisive, step would involve reducing the role and power of superdelegates — the unpledged party insiders who are free to back any candidate regardless of how the public votes — ahead of the 2020 election. Their influence caused substantial tension two years ago when supporters of Mr. Sanders zeroed in on superdelegates as “undemocratic” and said they created an unfair and even rigged system favoring Mrs. Clinton. Now, party officials, including … [Read more...] about Superdelegates Are No. 1 on the Democratic Party To-Do List