Catch up on the news in Vietnam today:
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Japan’s Hiroshima on Friday evening, proposing South Korea boost its investment in various fields in Vietnam. Prime Minister Chinh left Hanoi for Japan on Friday morning to attend an expanded summit of the Group of Seven (G7) at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Kishida Fumio.
-- The Vietnam Association For Women Entrepreneurs (VAWE) has proposed the World Trade Organization (WTO) help bring Vietnamese goods to the global market and upskill female workers to meet global requirements on digital technology development, heard a meeting between WTO general director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the leader of VAWE on Thursday, as part of the former’s three-day trip to Vietnam.
-- Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Bui Xuan Cuong has urged relevant officials to remove the remaining obstacles facing real estate projects based on the proposals made by the Ho Chi Minh City Real Estate Association.
-- Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh sat in on a ceremony to announce the first direct air route between Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi and Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture on Friday. The Hanoi - Hiroshima route, operated by low-cost airline Vietjet, will start serving passengers from July 19 with two round-trip flights per week, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- Dozens of police officers in Ho Chi Minh City gathered at the headquarters of Shinhan Vietnam Finance Company in District 1, a unit of South Korea’s Shinhan Card, on Friday to check its lending operations.
-- A fire erupted at a wood factory covering 2,000 square meters of land in Vinh Cuu District in Vietnam’s southern province of Dong Nai on Friday afternoon, burning down a lot of assets inside the facility.
-- Three students were killed after a crash between a long-haul bus, a pickup truck and a motorcycle occurred on a national highway in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam on Friday night.
-- Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son issued a telegram on Friday ordering schools to restructure class schedule and outdoor activities for students to limit sun exposure on dangerously hot days.
-- Vietnam discharges an average of 1.8 million metric tons of plastic waste each year, with more than 30 billion plastic bags, making the country rank fourth among nations discarding the most plastic waste into the ocean, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.