Tokyo Strategy 2015 adopted at Mekong-Japan Summit
VietNamNet Bridge – Leaders from the five Mekong sub-regional nations and Japan have approved the Tokyo Strategy 2015 with an overall goal for the 2016-2018 Mekong-Japan cooperation specifically designed to ensure regional stability

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 5/7
VOF starts to pay for Novaland stocks, Saigon Port IPO grosses nearly US$19 million, Finance Ministry cracks down on troublesome tax, customs officials, SOE equitization far behind schedule, HCM City sees 16,500 condos sold in H1


 
Few jobs for those with disabilities
 VietNamNet Bridge – Just 1,000 people with disabilities received vocational training and found employment over three years (2012-14), much lower than the 20,000 people who desired to do so.


 
The French taste in Saigon
 VietNamNet Bridge – French people who have settled in HCM City have brought their cuisine to the city.

VED proposes reform measures for higher education in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - An 8,000-word petition has been sent by the Vietnam Education Dialogue (VED) Group headed by Professor Ngo Bao Chau, a mathematician and Fields medal winner, to education and training leaders.


 
Vietnamese smartphone market still fastest-growing in SE Asia
Smartphone sales will continue to increase for at least the next five years in Vietnam, according to a survey conducted by the IDC firm. Though sales are slowing, Vietnam remains the fastest-growing smartphone market in South East Asia.

HCM City plans to seek big ADB loans for wastewater facilities
 The Department of Planning and Investment of HCMC has asked the city government to add four wastewater treatment facilities worth a total of US$890 million to the list of projects to be financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) aid in 2016-2020.


 
Vietnam targets 16-23 positions at 2016 Rio Olympics
The sports sector will determine its budget to focus investment on key athletes in key sports, targeting to secure from 16 to 23 positions at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Sniffing could provide autism test
 The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.


 
 
Pictures: Ninh Thuan – the land of sun and wind
 VietNamNet Bridge - About 360 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Ninh Thuan is an interesting destination for tourists who love the beauty of the desert.

Conquer Pha Luong Mount – the roof of Moc Chau
 VietNamNet Bridge – The way to Pha Luong is by slopes and jungles without sunlight. After a long and arduous day, you will reach the majestic peak of more than 2,000 meters above sea level.


 
 
11 movies to be screened in Vietnam this month
 VietNamNet Bridge - "Minions", "Ant-Man," "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" will be the focal points at local cinemas in July.

DJs gather at July’s Pulse party
 A live performance by three DJs Ed Davenport from the UK, Christ Wolter from Germany and B.A.X from Vietnam and live visuals by EROL from Sweden will take place on July 17 from 9 p.m. at the The Observatory in HCMC’s District 4.